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To what extend do you agree with Rhodes view that the British Empire was beneficial to both Britain and the colonies?

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This term in history we have been learning about the British Empire and what impacts the British Empire had on the countries they conquered and on the world itself. The British Empire was the largest Empire in history and for a period of time it was the world's globally strongest countries. By 1921 the British Empire was in command of a population of about 458 million people roughly one quarter of the world's population. The land that Britain had conquered covered about a quarter of the earth's surface area (14.2 million squares miles. The legacy that is the British Empire is well known throughout the world; at the peak of its power, people often said" The sun never sets on the British Empire, "As the sun will always be shining on one of Britain's colonies all over the world." However people had many different interpretations on the empire some say they were positive some say negative. There is evidence to support Cecil's Rhodes view the empire was beneficial for both sides. However there is more persuasive evidence that the empire had negative effects. Furthermore if considering why each gave the interpretations that they did , it is obvious that Cecil's Rhodes interpretation is particularly unreliable .In this essay I will be examine different interpretations on the British Empire to answer the following question "To what extend do you agree with Rhode's view that the British Empire was beneficial to both Britain and the colonies?" ...read more.

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. Cecil Rhode was a dedicated believer of colonialism and imperialism, he was keen to make other believers too, Cecil Rhode believed that the English race was the first and best race there was. Therefore Cecil Rhode interpretation is unreliable as he is clearly basis as not only was he a strong believer of colonialism and imperialism, he also gained multiple benefits from having his view. This interpretation on the empire is highly unreliable as one the views are basis and two it hasn't stated the benefits for other, Cecil Rhode merely believes that because he is gaining benefits that others are too. By contrast hill and Gotts gave negative interpretation of the British Empire. Cp hill believed that the British Empire was only favorable to the only British ruling class. Likewise Richard gotts had a very similar interpretation too but he also believed that Britain suffered due to the empire. There are numerous of reasons why these interpretations have emerged. Both cp hill and Richard gotts were historians so it was their job's to re-examine past historical events to create an accurate recall of event that took place in the past. Cp hill had reached his interpretation that the British Empire was only beneficial for the British, as post war historians started to re-examine history writing since the collapses of the empire. ...read more.

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Three completely different views on the same subject, there view have been altered in relation to the time period there from different interpretations on the same issue as people from different eras having different ways of expressing there views. For example Cecil Rhodes could have thought different about the empire but was scared and ashamed to be different and stand out from the crowd, as people would have judged him form his action, whilst cp hill and Richard got wouldn't have had such problems. I think that cp hill interpretation on the empire is the most convincing as he is clearly non basis unlike that of Cecil Rhodes he published a book meaning he is an expert and has a clear understanding and insight on the matter. Although Richard Gotts was also non basis I feel that he being a bit unprofessional as he exaggerated the event he compared Hitler to the British Empire although it is arguable that they were similar Hitler was much worst as he almost wiped out an entire race , whilst in contrast the British empire killed one generation of people. I do not agree with Cecil Rhodes view on the empire at all, I side with the interpretations of cp hill that the empire was only beneficial to Britain. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kar-ho cheung 9pm To what extend do you agree with Rhode's view that the British empire was beneficial to both Britain and the colonies? ...read more.

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This is a thorough response which demonstrates strong understanding of the historiography and engages well with it. Good use has been made of examples, although it would have been beneficial to include these in the conclusion. 5 out of 5 stars.

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