This course is a reading-intensive comparative analysis of several geographical regions absorbed into the British Empire between the 1500s and the present. It is divided into a sequence of reading modules that focus on the British Atlantic World, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa. Students will read a variety of primary and secondary texts that focus on the lived experience of the peoples affected by the expansion of British imperial rule. Modules are generally chronological and consist of one survey lecture followed by discussions of readings and films. Topics covered in this course include race, gender, class, slavery, historiography, historical methodology, ethics, nationalism, decolonization, and globalization.