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British imperialism in India

Discover an age in which a few European nations were able to exploit and eventually control large and diverse parts of Asia. How was this possible? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen of the University of NSW explains the origins of European imperialism in India and Britain's success in building ...

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Britain's empire in 1815

This resource is about the British Empire after the defeat of Napoleon as Britain emerged dominant among the European great powers and was recognised as one of the world's great imperial powers. It shows through a series of maps the extent of the British Empire in 1815, with three disparate parts: North America, the eastern ...

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'Breach at Gate Pä, April 30, 1864'

This is a watercolour created by Lieutenant Horatio Gordon Robley showing Pukehinahina or Gate Pä at Tauranga, New Zealand, on the morning of 30 April 1864. Two British soldiers are standing guard over the scene. In the background two figures are carrying someone away on a stretcher. A slain Mäori defender lies in the trench ...

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Ashoka and the Mauryan Empire

This learning sequence explores the ancient world of India with a particular focus on the Mauryan Empire, the edicts of King Ashoka and the Greek invasion of India.

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British India and the 'Great Rebellion'

The resource is about the Indian mutiny or 'Great Rebellion' of 1857 and its effect on imperial British authority. It covers: the mutiny; interpretations of British Indian history before and after the mutiny; British rule and influence in India prior to the uprising; disaffection in some regions of India; and the reforms ...

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The East India Company

What are the consequences of imperialism? What changes and what remains the same? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen from the University of NSW discusses the growth of British power in India and its effects on both societies.

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Unmasking the Maya: preserving the culture

This resource is chiefly about the preservation of the Maya culture in the USA. It covers the Maya Indians today, the rich ancient Maya culture that existed from 500 BCE to 1519 CE, when the Spanish conquered them, and those Maya who emigrate today to the USA in search of a better life. The resource presents the Monkey ...

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British rule in India

Can one society impose its will on another without unintended and unwanted consequences? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen from the University of NSW discusses changes that British rule created in 19th century India. While some of these changes benefited Indian society, others created lasting ...

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Asia rising: Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05

This is a collection of online materials about how the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 was represented in the picture postcards produced by Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists in huge numbers throughout the war. The materials consist of: an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; eight sets ...

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Felice Beato's Japan: places - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, c1869 - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials that centre on a richly illustrated essay about an album of photographs showing various locations in Japan in the late 1860s or early 1870s. The album was compiled by photographer Felice Beato. Linked to various sections of the essay are: a companion set of materials on the people ...

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Meeting of the expeditions

Have you ever been surprised to see someone you know in a place far from home? Rival explorers, Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, are sailing in opposite directions along the coast of 'New Holland'. Imagine their surprise when they spot each other's ship. Watch this clip to find out what happens when they meet at sea.

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The Mongols in China

This is an illustrated four-part historical account of Mongol rule in China. It includes sections on: the Mongol influence on China; Khubilai Khan in China; life in China under Mongol rule; and the beginnings of the Mongol collapse. The life in China section describes the effects of Mongol rule on peasants, artisans, merchants, ...

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Globetrotters' Japan: people - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials that centre on a richly illustrated historical essay about how Japanese people were represented in photographs intended for the tourist (globetrotter) market of the late 1890s. Linked to various sections of the essay are a video, materials about places on the globetrotters' itinerary ...

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Throwing off Asia III: woodblock prints of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - essay by John Dower

This is a historical essay by Professor John Dower about how Japanese woodblock printmakers presented the war between Japan and Russia in 1904-05 to the Japanese public. The highly readable and richly illustrated essay contains five chapters, more than 30 prints and two maps. The chapters can be printed and the images enlarged ...

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Konfrontasi: Indonesia's undeclared war

How do you distract your citizens from the hardships they face? You give them a common enemy. This clip from 1966 reveals the way in which President Sukarno rallied Indonesians behind an undeclared war against Malaysia, which he painted as a puppet of the United Kingdom.

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Boulton and Watt steam engine, 1785

This is a Boulton and Watt steam engine, a double-acting beam type made of cast and wrought iron. It was made by the firm of Boulton and Watt in Birmingham, England, in 1785. It was used at Whitbread's Brewery in London between 1785 and 1887.

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Yellow promise, yellow peril: foreign postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05

This is a collection of online materials showing how picture postcards of the time presented the Russo-Japanese War and the Japanese combatants to the European public. The materials consist of: an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; seven sets of postcards; a database of information about all 1905 postcards contained ...

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Asia rising: Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - visual narratives

This is a collection of eight sets of picture postcards, all outstanding examples of the postcards that Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists produced in huge numbers during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. The first set, entitled 'The battle of the Japan Sea', fits together to form a panorama, ...

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Race of the navigators

Discover why two explorers during the early 1800s raced each other to the other side of the world. This clip explains why explorers Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders raced across the world to investigate 'New Holland', now known as Australia.

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Impact of British rule on India

Did the British government consider the economic and cultural interests of the Indian people to be as important as their own at the end of the 19th century? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen of the University of NSW discusses the impacts of British rule on India's economy and therefore on ...