Cultures of Empire
This module focuses on the cultural and historical geography of British colonialism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You will explore some of the discourses through which modern colonialism was constructed. You’ll have opportunities to consider how colonialism and imperialism were not simply a matter of military conquest and economic exploitation but involved a process of imagining through which colonized places and peoples were represented in particular ways. The module is concerned primarily with the historical moment (the period roughly between 1870 and 1914) when European (particularly British) influence was most dramatically extended throughout the non-European world. It employs a thematic approach to consider how colonialism was powerfully shaped through spatial themes and different ‘imaginative geographies’.