The British Empire


The British Empire



Empire Makers

Reference Section

Turning Points

Key Questions

For details about what the website offers, the importance of studying the British Empire, and an introductory essay on ‘The empire in the c19th’ Click here

The Victorians saw the British Empire as a force for good - a moral and improving empire that was different from all other empires. Yet it was acquired and maintained by violence. Click here

Find out about the men and women who created and maintained the British Empire as well as those who fought to prevent it. Click here

What was the role of violence, the ‘Mission to Civilise’ and the importance of the Abolition of Slavery. Discover in this section essays on all the key features and turning points of empire. Click here

Read essays about the legacy of empire and whether the Rhodes statue should be taken down as well as essays on many other controversial topics. Click here

In this section you will find lists of territories of the British Empire as well as glossaries of people connected to  the British Empire. There are also reading lists which include general reading and fiction. Click here

Welcome to this website about the British Empire 1815-1914. At Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897 the Bishop of London said that the Imperial Empire had been conceived in Victoria's reign. It had and for the Victorians it had become an empire like no other - an empire not just about trade and money but about liberty and exporting western civilisation. From an empire of just two million square miles in 1837 when Victoria became Queen, it grew to an empire of over twelve million square miles at the time of Victoria's death.  

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Key Questions

 Recent Pages

What was the Legacy of the British Empire?

What was the Great Game?

How important was Migration to the British Empire?

Turning Points

The Opening of the Suez Canal


The Jameson Raid

The Repeal of the Corn Laws and Free Trade

The Treaty of Waitangi

Should the Rhodes Statue at Oriel College, Oxford be taken down?

Kipling's Years in Rottingdean

What were the causes of the Morant Bay Jamaican Rebellion in 1865?

What was the role of violence in the  British Empire?

What were the main causes of the Indian Rebellion, 1857?

Why was there so much Maori Resistance to British Rule?

Empire Makers

General Garnet Wolseley

Arthur Conolly

Frederick Lugard

Cecil Rhodes

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For details of current and  forthcoming exhibitions about the British Empire, as well as places to visit, click here

What was the Indian Rebellion?

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Mary Kingsley