The Origins of the British Empire

Early Modern World History

By Professor Trevor Burnard. Produced by Simon Brown, published 12th August 2015

Imperial Expansion across the Atlantic

In this podcast Professor Trevor Burnard of the University of Warwick looks at the the primary forces which led to the development of the British Empire, the role of commerce and trade, the role of war in imperial expansion during this period and the importance of the slave trade.

1. The Origins of the British Empire
2. The importance of trade and commerce.
3. The early trans-Atlantic slave trade.
4. The significance of war to the growth of the early British Empire.

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