34 thoughts on “Britannia and the World: Victorian Culture and Foreign Policy, Part I

  1. Loved the video Brandon, great work! Definitely looking forward to the future parts!

    Griffin Johnsen

  2. The virtuous portrayal of the Victorian British Era as sterling, tough, dependable, honest, brave and true – the phrase "the empire on which the sun never sets" comes to mind as the lion casts his shadow.

  3. I must say I like the British Empire. I started reading about it in the 1980s and began collecting Victoria Campaign medal. Now I am up to 110 of them. Everyone should visit the UK it is amazing. Spent 5 weeks touring it and I intend to go back. even obtained a 1640's English Civil War Cavalry helmet. Now my son wants some uniforms.

  4. Great job,usual the enthusiasm shines through!. Did you see any of the Victorian style in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games?.

  5. 2:12 You mean the copyright law that specifically states the allowance of presentation of copyrighted material for commentary and educational purposes? (I would fact check that, but it seems reasonable to look into)

  6. "When I joined up we were still fighting colonial wars, if you saw somebody in a skirt, you shot him and nicked his country"
    -Cpt. Edmund Blackadder

  7. I love your videos. They are so well researched, the presentation is wonderfull and what is most important, one can feel the flame you carry in your heart for the subject.

  8. Am I the only one that thinks he sounds so much like Tarantino lmao… I think its how excitable he is 🙂

  9. Thank you for this. I really enjoyed it. One of my favourite films. Although the 1960s anti-war and anti-imperialist message shines through throughout the film. Although, it was the Crimea war that exposed the inadequacy of the military systems to wage a long distance and prolonged campaign. The reforms that came after helped to produce the efficient and, mostly, effective small and professional army the U.K. has today. Sadly, the attitudes of the leadership seems to have always been one of either over caution or over enthusiasm fuelled by the belief of superiority despite the reforms in officer selection. It is also a shame that many of the things brought under the control of the Military and War Department are now starting to be privatised and outsourced once again.

  10. The ancient Greeks knew that all the gods and heroes were flawed; nevertheless they were gods and heroes. I haven't viewed this film since its release but thought it a bit left-wing even then. Carry on Brandon, let's see what's next.

  11. Great channel, and deep subject for this video. May i suggest that the "dark" views may be inspired by Gustave Doré's 1869 illustrations for the book 'London, a pilgrimage', those may interrest you if you are not already aware of this work (the book is on line in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Gallica base).

  12. 5:28 the display of those firearms and cannons also harkens to the Ottoman Imperial seal, although those guns are laid on their side instead of upright, symbolizing decay and forgetting.

  13. Can we have a review-a-thon on Zulu,The longest day, Bridge on the river Kwai or even Waterloo? It would be good fun having you address inaccuracies and point out what you enjoyed from each. Please note that this is merely a suggestion. Continue with your most excellent presentations! As you were.

    -Joe

  14. It's clear that this is designed to be very much in the style of 19th Century Victorian propaganda, yet I think there is a deep sense of irony about it. Compare this to something like "The Fall of Berlin". One gets a sense that it is not genuine. Although this becomes more obvious as the film progresses, even in these first opening credits, the high music, poor audio, dingy artwork, muted colours and so forth give a strange sense of discomfort and absurdism. We never really get into the world which we are shown, we cannot connect with it, and we are forced to look on at these ideals as alien, and we are not allowed to revel in it. Indeed, even for an audience in the late 60s the Empire is history and Britain is getting weaker and weaker. Indeed, to me this whole opening sequence is far more reminiscent of 1920s sci-fi films like Metropolis, which revel in the strange, distant and alien, than to contemporary patriotic films such as the Battle of Britain.

  15. I only now can tell that the audio quality in this video is not very good. My apologies all, I was working on this video while on vacation for the holidays, and the audio quality must have suffered from my surroundings!

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