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Question: TMA 05 Option 2 How important was race in determining experiences of empire?

Open University – A326 Empire 1492-1975 – Undergraduate 2018/2019 - Mark = 88%

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Answer: For some, “empire” might conjure up images of the grandeur of the Raj, enjoyed by the privileged classes, and exemplified at the top end of the scale by “King George V…on the back of his elephant during a royal hunt” (Lawrence, 2009, p.105). For others, it reminds us of the inhuman treatment of fellow humans, for example those unfortunate enough to be caught up in the Atlantic Slave Trade. As King points out, “…for many…it was primarily an experience of being subjected to empire – without their consent and very often explicitly against their will” (2009, p.161). In between these extremes there were innumerable imperial subjects making the best of the available opportunities, which depended on several variables. So, it is perhaps self-evident that empires were experienced differently by different groups and individuals, and race was certainly one of the major variables...(short extract)

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  • Subject: A326 Empire: 1492-1975
  • Course: A326 Empire: 1492-1975
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 88%
  • Words: 2109
  • Date submitted: May 31, 2019
  • Date written: March, 2019
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8689

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