I'd have thought that specifying the 'British Empire' would tend to
concentrate minds on specifically overseas issues whereas 'Britain 1750 -
1900' is somewhat more inclusive. One cannot, after all, discuss the
history of Britain at this time without including the empire but it would be
all too easy for discussion of the Empire specifically to overlook what was
going on in Britain at the same time in terms of industrial and scientific
development, social change and so on. The briefest acquaintance with the
archaeological (and historical) data pertaining to exports from Britain (for
example) shows how tied into a global economy many industries were
(engineering, iron and steel production, ceramics to name just three). A
rounded view of the period should perhaps try to give the bigger picture
rather than focussing too narrowly. But as I have virtually no involvement
with the world of education, this view is probably irrelevant.
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From: "John Shepherd" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Teaching Basic British to Foreign Students
> This may have been mentioned already - I am sorry if I am repeating
> something but I have not been able to follow all of this thread.
> I noticed with interest the proposed changes to the new Key Stage 3
> national curriculum (TES June 30, 1 and 15). These are still at
> development stage, formal consultation due to begin in Feb 07,
> implementation Sept 08. I quote:-
> 'Children aged 11 to 14 will learn more about the British Empire, as part
> of changes to the curriculum'
> 'For the first time, the history curriculum specifically mentions the
> "British Empire". At present, pupils study, under the heading "Britain
> 1750-1900", "How expansion of trade and colonisation, industrialisation
> and political changes affected the United Kingdom". The new draft says
> study will include "The British Empire and its impact on different
> peoples". Jerome Freeman, the exam watchdog's history advisor, said:
> "Empire has been given more emphasis and greater strength. It is a
> significant part of British history and a topic that history teachers have
> to embrace more."'
> Any views - or more information - on this?