History 3332 – Spring 2017                                                                          Essay Final


You will write an essay of approximately 6-8 pages in length (double spaced, 1 inch margins all-around, no extra spacing between paragraphs, 12-point Times New Roman font).  No paper should be longer than 8 pages.


You will use information which was used for the class (the Ferguson text, the Carter and Guttenplan texts, and the documents found in the Arnstein reader).  When you use any of these sources, you should cite correctly using either a parenthetical reference (MLA) or Chicago (Turabian) style.  (Please note that I will deduct points if you use information other than what’s indicated above.)


Your essays will be marked based on argument/logic, evidence used, and grammar/syntax.  I’m assuming your knowledge of the critical essay form as well as your ability to cite correctly.


The essay is due in Blackboard not later than our next class, 7pm on 9 May.  Your essay will be marked according to the History Essay Rubric found here: https://lat.taskstream.com/rubricExternal/k7ecfjfjfifhf6ep


Things to keep in mind:

1.     Arguments differ from opinion in that you must provide specific pieces of evidence to support what you’re writing.

2.     Your opinion is not important; I am not asking for it and I don’t want it.

3.     Whatever your own personal convictions or values, you must assess the material critically and objectively.  Do not use first person in your essay.

4.    While the question is largely ideological, this is a history class so context is important. (Ideas so not operate independently of such things as events and geography.)


Write an essay that


Refer to relevant historical information (i.e. context) where appropriate.  Remember that this is a history class!


Essay: One of the themes of the second half of this course has been the rise and decline of Britain’s overseas empire.  In class, as well as your reading, we have examined Britain’s role and involvement in places like India, Africa, Palestine and even Ireland.  In 1897 Joseph Chamberlain in his role as Secretary of State for the Colonies said,


I do not assay that our success has been perfect in every case, I do no say that all our methods have been beyond reproach; but I do say that in almost every instance in which the rule of the queen has been established and the great Pax Britannica has been enforced, there has come with it greater security to life and property, and a material improvement in the condition of the bulk of the population…. [T]here has been bloodshed, there has been loss of life amoung the native populations … but it must be remembered that that is the condition of the mission we have to fulfil. (Chamberlain, “The True Conception of Empire” (1897) in Arnstein, p. 277)


Consider England’s role or mission as a civilizing influence in the world from the nineteenth century to the present.  Argue whether or not that influence was real or imagined and ultimately positive or negative.