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POL 499: Senior Seminar [Winston Churchill]: Churchill's Empire

Senior Seminar in Political Science

Churchill's Empire (2011)

Decline and Fall of the British Empire (2010)

The British Empire in Color (2002)

  Produced by a BAFTA and Peabody winning team, narrated by Art Malik (The Jewel in the Crown), this fascinating series charts Britain’s imperial path from the zenith of the Raj to the disintegration of the empire and the multicultural future it faces today.

Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British - Jeremy Paxman (BBC 2011)

   In this acute and witty analysis, Jeremy Paxman, bestselling author of The English goes to the very heart of empire. As he describes the selection process for colonial officers ('intended to weed out the cad, the feeble and the too clever') the importance of sport, the sweating domestic life of the colonial officer's wife ('the challenge with cooking meat was "to grasp the fleeting moment between toughness and putrefaction when the joint may possibly prove eatable"') and the crazed end for General Gordon of Khartoum, Paxman brings brilliantly to life the tragedy and comedy of Empire and reveals its profound and lasting effect on our nation and ourselves.