Cecil Rhodes - Life and Legacy

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Cecil Rhodes - Life and Legacy

<p>Examine some of the contradictions in the short but turbulent life of one of the most controversial figures in British colonial history. Both revered and reviled as “the arch imperialist”, he

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Examine some of the contradictions in the short but turbulent life of one of the most controversial figures in British colonial history. Both revered and reviled as “the arch imperialist”, he shaped the boundaries and the early history of four of the nations of southern Africa.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Rhodes the ‘king of diamonds’ – how he built his business empire
  • Rhodes the ‘arch imperialist’ – his plans for Britain to rule Africa, and how he put them into effect
  • Rhodes the ‘bungling politician’. His later life and legacy.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Assess Rhodes' contribution to the development and subsequent history of southern Africa
  2. Analyse Rhodes' successes and failures as a businessman, empire-builder and politician.
  3. Discuss the broader issue of how controversial figures of the past should be remembered and commemorated.