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Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 12:00AM

Great Britain and the ‘Scramble for Africa’

Professor Kathleen Burk

The scramble for Africa in the 1880s saw the unclaimed parts of the continent divided amongst the Great Powers. Great Britain concentrated over the following twenty years in establishing her influence 'from the Cape to Cairo', which brought her into repeated conflict with the French Empire. The closest the two came to war was in 1898 over Fashoda; the Anglo-French Agreement of 1904 saw their imperial conflicts laid to rest, as the two stood together against a threatening German Empire. This lecture looked at the reasons for British expansion in Africa: what did she hope to gain, and what were the costs of imperial expansion in a hot, disease-ridden and dangerous continent.

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Kathleen Burk is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London, columnist and radio panellist. She is the author of several distinguished scholarly books on the US and its interventions in the rest of the world, and a definitive biography of A J P Taylor. Kathleen’s most recent book, a history of England and America from 1600 to the present, which covers political, social, and economic history, Old World, New World was published by Little Brown. Professor Burk's main interests lie in Anglo-American relations, something she focussed on during her time as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric.

All of Professor Burk's past lectures can be accessed here.

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10 May 2006

Great Britain and the ‘Scramble for Africa’
Professor Kathleen Burk

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