Dictators, War & Revolution

To what extent was the Second World War responsible for the end of Empire?

Introduction In 1939 the British Empire was made up of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, South Africa, The Irish Free State, India, Pakistan and Ceylon.[1] However, this essay’s main focus will be on evaluating Britain’s hold on Canada and India throughout the Second World War; with the question lending itself to debate on whether theContinue reading “To what extent was the Second World War responsible for the end of Empire?”

Did industrialisation improve life for working people?

Introduction Britain’s Industrial Revolution between the late 18th and early 19th century created many social and economic changes[1] which, as Michael Anderson states, changed the lives of working people in different forms dependent on one’s birth place, gender, and their profession in terms of job role and location.[2] The development of factories brought with themContinue reading “Did industrialisation improve life for working people?”

Book Review of Eric Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism since 1780

Nations and Nationalism since 1780 explores how humans naturally divide themselves into groups, particularly nationality and the variety of definitions this term carries. Hobsbawm questions whether language and ethnicity can truly be features of nationalism, and whether these ideals conform with how society perceives national identity verses the individual’s perception of national identity. Hobsbawm beginsContinue reading “Book Review of Eric Hobsbawm, Nations and Nationalism since 1780”

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