The British in India
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH42
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will explore the impact of colonial expansion on both Britain and India in the 1800’s. Our topics will include the political significance of the East India Company and the transference of power to crown rule; and the lifestyles of the British in India, including the concept of the white memsahib. We will also explore early British responses to customs such as sati and Hindu widow remarriage; how India was portrayed in literature and advertising in Britain; and the foundation of the Indian National Congress in 1885.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Week 1: The East India Company 1757–1858: an overview
Week 2: The army, the 1857 Mutiny & crown governance
Week 3: The British in India: lifestyle, trading and leisure
Week 4: A Civilising Mission or an early ‘drain inspectors report’? Women, social reform and legislation
Week 5: Advertising India: Attitudes towards India in Britain
Week 6: Indian voices: The foundation of the Indian National Congress.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Assess the significance of the EIC for crown rule
• Explain how the Indian Mutiny (or Uprising)
• Evaluate how the Opium Wars influenced the establishment of Hong Kong as a British colony
• Assess the reasons why India was absorbed into the British Empire and the significance of the East India Company in this transition
• Assess the significance of West Africa in the 1800s for Britain
• Explain the significance of the transition of Jamaica from a slave colony and its impact on the lives of Jamaicans who remained ‘British subjects’.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a general introductory course to the history of the British Empire and no prior knowledge of the topic is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught via interactive lectures with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. There is an optional weekly quiz that you can complete, for which you will receive feedback from the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notepad to class if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in British and World history. Please see the City Lit website.