A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast

Episode 6: Conquest in Africa

June 18, 2020 Uncomfortable Oxford
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
Episode 6: Conquest in Africa
Chapters
00:00:00
Introduction
00:01:40
Thinking about Maps
00:03:40
The Mercator Projection
00:06:00
The Gall-Peters Projection
00:07:37
Power and Representation
00:09:50
The Geography of Africa
00:11:17
Questioning Generalised Narratives
00:11:33
Time Period
00:14:24
British Colonies in Africa
00:17:45
Suez Canal
00:19:29
Cecil Rhodes
00:24:41
'Legal' Conquest
00:28:28
Europen Rivalries
00:30:10
Scientific Racism
00:33:42
Technology
00:35:37
Violence
00:37:44
Ethiopia
00:39:27
The Battle of Adwa
00:41:38
Conclusion
A Very Brief Introduction to the British Empire Podcast
Episode 6: Conquest in Africa
Jun 18, 2020
Uncomfortable Oxford

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 episode is based on a public lecture given in a local cafe in the city of Oxford, in March 2020. 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 the history of the British Empire. Uncomfortable Oxford is run by Doctoral students at the University of Oxford and aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world.

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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 episode is based on a public lecture given in a local cafe in the city of Oxford, in March 2020. 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 the history of the British Empire. Uncomfortable Oxford is run by Doctoral students at the University of Oxford and aims to raise awareness and discourse about 'uncomfortable' issues in the modern world.

Introduction
Thinking about Maps
The Mercator Projection
The Gall-Peters Projection
Power and Representation
The Geography of Africa
Questioning Generalised Narratives
Time Period
British Colonies in Africa
Suez Canal
Cecil Rhodes
'Legal' Conquest
Europen Rivalries
Scientific Racism
Technology
Violence
Ethiopia
The Battle of Adwa
Conclusion