• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

. 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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

5 star(s)

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.

Marked by teacher Natalya Luck 01/10/2012

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    What Were the Consequences of the First World War for the British People 1914 ...

    4 star(s)

    and due to Britain's inability to pay debts to countries including the USA, they had a lot on their plate to deal with financially. The government had no choice but to raise income tax. So even those who were unemployed either suffered wage cuts or high tax bills.

  2. Extended essay - women

    By 1914, with 53,000 members across 480 branches, the Suffragists were having an impact on the views of politicians towards them. Their peaceful tactics, such as petitions, silent protests and public speeches aimed to raise awareness and win wider support by persuasion.

  1. Evaluate the impact of the First World War on the social, economic and political ...

    After 1913, they did very extreme things. They threw an axe at the Prime Minister, Asquith; they planted bombs in railway stations and in Westminster Abbey. An explosion as led to a fire at the home of David Lloyd George, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

  2. "The Impact of World War 1 on women's role in British society was only ...

    However during the Great War 1914-1918 women's expectations and the expectations of women changed. As men were expected to go off and fight in the war it meant there were few left to make the munitions and equipment needed by the soldiers.

  1. Why did women fail to gain the vote between 1900-1914?

    However, these had the opposite effect as this angered the Liberals. The Conservatives as rich landowners would be even less likely to grant the vote to women. These political problems meant that women's suffrage was waylaid. It was not only the attitudes of the MP's and political problems, but also the practical problems of giving women the vote.

  2. Evacuation in Britain during the Second World War

    Another point is that the reason for the interview is unknown. The teacher may have been angry about the evacuation process and so the source could possibly be slightly unbalanced or exaggerate, though, even if this was the case, it can still give us what those involved actually thought about evacuation.

  1. Source Work- Women in World War 1

    If this higher female authority was established it would be harder to knocked it down again after the war like all the other jobs women had worked in had been taken away. Therefore source 3 tells us that NUWSS had a role in attempting to advance female authority and expressing

  2. 'Lions Led by Donkeys' How Valid is this Interpretation of the Conduct of the ...

    Haig may believe this to be true yet he hadn't been to the front-line and so didn't know the horrible conditions the soldiers were living in, living amongst rats, mud, lice, noise from constant shelling, gun fire, all types of weather and the worst to see there buddies being killed all around them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work