At its peak, the British Empire was the largest in history and its influence stretched all over the world.
Travelling across the globe, Jeremy goes in search of the extraordinary characters, burning ambitions and surprising principles which created an empire that has so influenced the shape of the world we see today.
Karl Hack, Senior Lecturer in History at The Open University and academic consultant on the series comments: “This series tackles the really big themes of imperialism – power, trade, identity, settlement and culture. Yet it does this in a way that makes you feel you are there in person – talking to a settler; hearing the views of an old Mau Mau anti-colonial fighter who is still proud of her struggle; frequenting the clubs, trading floors and playing fields of Empire.”
The Open University is offering the chance to continue exploring the story of the Empire via OpenLearn, its free, interactive study site. The site offers free courses, a free poster on “Selling Empire” with historical and contemporary maps, and the opportunity to create a personalised empire-themed party invite.
A free Open University wall chart with a map of the British Empire can also be ordered from www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/empire or by telephone on 0845 366 8021.
For those interested in taking the learning journey further, The Open University offers a number modules that link to the series, including ‘Empire 1492 -1975’,’ Understanding global heritage’, ‘Exploring history’, ‘Voices and texts’, ‘The arts past and present’ and ‘Making sense of the arts’. Details of which can be found on the OU website www.Open.ac.uk.
Empire is a partnership between The Open University and the BBC. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Basil Comely, and the Series Producer is Julian Birkett. The Open University academic consultant for the series is Dr Karl Hack and the Media Fellow is Dr Derek Matravers .