The Nemesis, the first British ocean-going iron warship, used to great effect in the First Opium War.

Read the below article, from the Saylor Foundation. As you do so, consider the following questions:

  • How did technology facilitate British imperialism in Asia and Africa?
  • How did European technological superiority feed into imperial ideology?

Saylor Foundation, Facilitating Imperialism through Advanced Technologies, February 2013.

Do you think the ‘Scramble for Africa’ could have been successful for colonial powers without their superior technology? Post your responses on our course forum on this topic: The Scramble for Africa.