This course examines the characteristics of imperialism over the period 1763-1918. It discusses the reasons why some nations became dominant and others were dominated. The aims, methods and systems used by the imperial powers to administer their empires will be analysed to show how these varied (a) among the imperial powers and (b) at different time periods. In addition, the nature of the relationship between imperial powers and the subjugated peoples will be examined. In particular, the phenomenon of the ‘new Imperialism’ will be addressed and the overall impact and legacy of imperialism will be assessed.