UCLA British Empire Influential Kingdom in History Discussion Questions

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Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart depicts the decline of Igbo traditions in the face of Britain’s New Imperialism in Nigeria. Achebe traces the decline of community in Okonkwo’s village and the violation of his family and friends’ long-held beliefs.

 

While the novel (fiction) was written well after the period depicted in the story, it nonetheless helps readers understand the violence of Britain’s (and the rest of the West’s) imperial attitudes and policies. In roughly 600 words, describe the manner in which Things Fall Apart is illustrative of the global impacts of Britain’s local imperial choices and policies. Think of the novel as emblematic of the connection between local and global issues–how does the story demonstrate the interconnections between local/global issues?

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