The British Empire in Color, Part III
2002, UK, Lucy Carter, 49 min.
A documentary in three parts, The British Empire in Color provides an in-depth look at the history of the British Empire, considering the perspective of both the ruled and the rulers.
Part Three of the series begins with the coronation of Elizabeth II, and the start of a new era. Many British citizens flee the hardship of post-war England for the warm beaches of Australia while simultaneously many West Indian immigrants move into Britain. The people of England struggle to understand their new, multicultural society, while those once under colonial rule face their new, independent future bravely.
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Post-screening discussion with Andrew Sartori, professor of South Asian history at New York University. He is the author of Bengal in Global Concept History (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and a coeditor of From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition (Oxford University Press India, 2007). He is currently completing a manuscript provisionally entitled Vernacular Liberalism: Labor and Property in Imperial Bengal.