Empire and Development

In order for the British Empire to fulfil its economic and strategic goals in the colonies, areas under British control had to be “developed” so that British interests could operate successfully. This meant the creation of an entire modernised infrastructure based on the European model. New transportation links moved goods and people around, modern factories and industrial zones were developed, and advanced communication and military networks were set up. Imposed civic codes governed all of these developments, and urban centres sprang up throughout the Empire, dispensing healthcare and education and administering locally-devised versions of British law and order. 

 
 
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OIL HARBOUR: ADEN (1955) enhanced entry

Construction of a harbour capable of berthing 32.000 tons tankers to serve the B .P. oil refinery at Little Aden. ...

 

OLD BONES OF THE RIVER (1938) enhanced entry

Farce about a professor who is forced to collect taxes and administer while the commissioner is on leave and his ...

 

SHOWING NATIVES OF EAST AFRICA BEING TAUGHT AND TRAINED... (1942) enhanced entry

Two new African recruits look up in wonder at the signal flags of the W.D. Fleet. A squad of African ...

SPOTLIGHT ON THE COLONIES

SPOTLIGHT ON THE COLONIES (1950)has video enhanced entry

"This is a brief survey of progress made by the British Government in helping forty separate colonial territories to raise ...

STORY OF OMOLO

STORY OF OMOLO (1946)has video enhanced entry

A Kenyan villager applies the new methods of agriculture he has learned at Bukura College.

A British voiceover introduces the Bantu ...

 

the GEN NO 14 (1945)has video enhanced entry

I. [Recent developments in aviation.] a. Sikorsky two-seater training Helicopter, Hoverfly I; commentary explains advantages over the autogiro. b. A ...

 

the LAND OF CYPRUS (1950) enhanced entry

"One of the greatest tasks facing many countries today is to give back to the land its lost ...

THEY PLANTED A STONE

THEY PLANTED A STONE (1953)has video enhanced entry

This film describes how new life was brought to the immense desert of the Sudan by harnessing the waters of ...

VOICES OF MALAYA

VOICES OF MALAYA (1948)has video enhanced entry

Film showing Malaya before, during and after the war.

The film shows: how people from many races have settled ...

WIVES OF NENDI

WIVES OF NENDI (1949)has video enhanced entry

Described by the voiceover as 'the true story of Mai Mangwende, the wife of Chief Mangwende of Southern Rhodesia and ...