Video podcast. ‘How far do you agree that the First World War marked a decisive change in Britain’s control over its empire in the years 1870-1980?’. At the end of the First World War the British Empire had reached its territorial peak. In addition to the territories she already had, Britain added lands from Africa and the Middle East. However, it is often asserted that the First World War marked the major turning point in the degree of control the British had over their empire. Three main areas be examined: how the First World War affected British control over India, over Africa, and over the white Dominions – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. Contributing factors arising from indirect consequences of the First World War will also be examined.
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