What was life like in the British Empire?

What was life like in the British Empire? As the British Empire covered so many parts of the world it embraced numerous cultures, economies and regional political systems. This in itself makes it impossible to give a simple answer to this question. The range of people living in the Empire ranged from those among the richest on the planet to those among the poorest It incorporated those who ruled from palaces down to those forced into Slavery.

For life on the Slave Plantations please see the pages on Plantations and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The National Archives have a small unit on life in the British Empire.

Video (Youtube) Rural Life in the British Raj

Video (Youtube) Effects of British rule in India

Video (Youtube) Rulers and Ruled in the British Empire

Video (Youtube) Colonial House. Documentary and reconstruction. Colonial America.

Video (Youtube) Life in Jamestown

Video (Youtube) Australia’s early settlers

Video (Youtube) History of Convict Australia – Full Documentary

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