Teaching or studying the British Empire c1688-1730 as part of the OCR GCSE History course? This new unit on the development of the British Empire is written just for you. Based on the OCR specification, key questions about the origins and spread of British control are covered in detail appropriate for GCSE students.
The British Empire is a vast subject. The OCR unit covers many of the more important issues. The Transatlantic Slave Trade is addressed with reference to Triangular Trade, the Slave Economy, Plantation based farming, the emergence of British Slaving Ports at home and the different forms of opposition to Slavery that there was in Africa, the West Indies and colonial North America.
Expansion in trade is addressed. The Bank of England was severely tested following the South Sea Bubble. The Royal African Company and East India Company showed that commerce could be hugely profitable. The changes to these companies and the dominance that they gave British merchants is covered.
The consequences of Empire at home can be seen in a number of ways. The emergence of consumerism is in part due to the wealth of goods available from the diversity of Empire. The wealth generated contributed to the change of culture and the rise of the coffee house.
This unit is freely accessible. It contains many links to further reading for teachers and more able students.