Episode 1: Disease and Empire - A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
2y ago
Join us for our special pilot episode of A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire, focusing on disease in imperial context! Historians Paula Larsson and Olivia Durand discuss the impact of contagion as it shaped conquest, exploitation, and the development of racial theory. Special guest Manikarnika Dutta calls in for a spotlight on the history of cholera. This is a brief introduction to smallpox in the new world, malaria and yellow fever in the Caribbean, cholera and the idea of a 'diseased tropic', ecological changes from disease in Africa, and a summary of modern legacies from imper ..read more
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Episode 5: Conquest in Asia
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
2y ago
We begin our second module of the lecture series with a detailed overview of British conquest in Asia. Historian Urvi Khaitan provides a discussion of the establishment of the British Raj after the revolt of 1857 and how British trade concerns led to numerous battles across south and east Asia. The substantial changes brought to ecosystems and economies extended beyond just the Indian Peninsula, affecting all surrounding nations and peoples. The Anglo-Burmese wars, the Opium Wars, and the Great Game are all discussed. It becomes clear that historical divisions introduced by imperial conquest a ..read more
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Episode 7: First World War
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
2y ago
We conclude our second module of the lecture series with a detailed overview of British Imperialism during the First World War. Historian Dr Jack Doyle takes you through the history of anti-colonial rebellion, white nationhood, and 20th-century imperialism. The content for this episode is based on a lecture live-streamed on our Facebook page on July 2nd. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audience who is interested in learning more about the legacies of the British Empire. This podcast is run by Uncomfortable Oxford and features bi-weekly releases of our public lecture series on ..read more
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Episode 9: [Special Episode] Roger Casement
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
2y ago
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic references to colonial violence.  In this special episode of 'A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire', we invite Professor Gerry Kearns of Maynooth University to provide an important outline on the life of Roger Casement, and the legacy of his work documenting imperial atrocities, challenging British colonial rule and in his efforts to argue and fight for Irish independence. The content for this episode is based on a lecture live-streamed on our Facebook page on September 24th, 2020. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audi ..read more
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Episode 1: Disease and Empire
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
3y ago
Join us for our special pilot episode of A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire, focusing on disease in imperial context! Historians Paula Larsson and Olivia Durand discuss the impact of contagion as it shaped conquest, exploitation, and the development of racial theory. Special guest Manikarnika Dutta calls in for a spotlight on the history of cholera. This is a brief introduction to smallpox in the new world, malaria and yellow fever in the Caribbean, cholera and the idea of a 'diseased tropic', ecological changes from disease in Africa, and a summary of modern legacies from imper ..read more
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Episode 3: The Indian Ocean
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
3y ago
Today we are excited to release the third episode of A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire, highlighting colonisation in the Indian Ocean. Historian Olivia Durand takes a longer view of the concept of 'exploration', explaining how the Indian Ocean and South Asia in general has a long history of different explorers, travelling east to west, as well as west to east. Contextualising the larger cultural context of the region alongside the movements of different empires, this lecture outlines the tactics of the East India Company and its traders as they waged war and conquered land on the ..read more
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Episode 2: The Atlantic Ocean
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
3y ago
Join us for our second episode of A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire, highlighting British colonisation in the Atlantic Ocean. Historian Paula Larsson outlines the British settlement of Ireland, North America, and the Caribbean from the Tudor era to the mid-18th century. An overview of imperial terminology and British tactics for maintaining power are discussed alongside the major population changes and the Atlantic slave trade. The content for this episode is based on a public lecture given in a local pub in the city of Oxford, back in October 2019. The content is tailored for a ..read more
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Episode 10: [Special Episode] Commemorating African American Women During Jim Crow (with Dr. Alexandria Russell)
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
3y ago
In this special preview episode of a new, upcoming podcast series from Uncomfortable Oxford, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Alexandria Russell and to hear her talk on the memorialisation of African American women who lived through the Jim Crow era. Focusing on the legacy of four incredible black women (Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Celia Dial Saxon) Dr. Russell invites us to see the memorialisation of these four women alongside the creation of a parallel kind of American memorialisation: the construction of Confederate monuments. The content for this episode is based ..read more
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Episode 6: Conquest in Africa
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
3y ago
We begin our second module of the lecture series with a detailed overview of British conquest in Asia. Historian Harriet Aldrich takes you through the history of British interaction with the African continent from the 1600s to the First World War. She highlights the importance of geography and maps in how Europeans historically approached the global south, and questions the generalised narrative often used in discussions about the history of a whole continent. The impact of European competition, imperial concerns, and specific individuals like Cecil Rhodes are covered. The content for this epi ..read more
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Episode 9: [Special Episode] Roger Casement
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
by Uncomfortable Oxford
3y ago
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic references to colonial violence.  In this special episode of 'A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire', we invite Professor Gerry Kearns of Maynooth University to provide an important outline on the life of Roger Casement, and the legacy of his work documenting imperial atrocities, challenging British colonial rule and in his efforts to argue and fight for Irish independence. The content for this episode is based on a lecture live-streamed on our Facebook page on September 24th, 2020. The information is aimed at a non-specialist audi ..read more
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