Reflect on The Taste of Empire and what you consider to be its significant components, arguments and interpretations. Next, think of a metaphor to represent the work, or your understanding of a particular aspect of the book. Draw this metaphor. You may use Canva.com or any other method for this part, indeed stick figures are fine. Artistic ability is not required, but clarity is. Finally, write a one-page explanation of your drawing that interprets it for others, clearly explaining your metaphor and all of its details, with specific attention to how it captures the significant components of the book and/or it’s associated elements. Your metaphor must also provide a link to the broader elements of the course. How does the book reflect the course content and themes?
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A visual metaphor employing the parts of a pencil to illustrate the ways in which teachers
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History 2158B (530)
Book Assignment &
Due: 27 March 2019
One purpose of your course assignments (regardless of the course or
discipline) is to become more effective at identifying, analyzing, and
communicating an argument or position – a transferable skill if there
ever was one! The ability to be clear and persuasive can make the
difference between success and failure in job applications, sales
pitches, and a host of other scenarios.
This is most often done through essay writing in history courses. There
are, however, alternative ways to synthesize and to present an
understanding of an argument or text. For example, in your previous
assignment you used infographics to explore your Family Culinary
History. Visual Metaphors or Metaphor Maps are yet another way to
think creatively about a historical work.
Reflect on The Taste of Empire and what you consider to be its
significant components, arguments and interpretations. Next, think of a
metaphor to represent the work, or your understanding of a particular
aspect of the book. Draw this metaphor. You may use Canva.com or
any other method for this part, indeed stick figures are fine. Artistic
ability is not required, but clarity is. Finally, write a one-page
explanation of your drawing that interprets it for others, clearly
explaining your metaphor and all of its details, with specific attention to
how it captures the significant components of the book and/or it’s
associated elements. Your metaphor must also provide a link to the
broader elements of the course. How does the book reflect the course
content and themes?
What’s a Metaphor?
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which an implied comparison is made
between two unlike things that actually have something in common. A visual
metaphor accomplishes the same thing by means of a visual image that suggests
an association or a point of similarity.
Keep in mind that a metaphor has two parts: the tenor is the concept or text and
the vehicle is the object you use to make the metaphorical comparison.
I’m confused…..Is there an example I can look at?
In a multicultural literature class, a student drew a
baseball field in the final inning. The teams represented
two of the cultures he’d read about in the class (the
tenor), the baseball field (the vehicle) represented the
All-American setting where they were at conflict, and
the final inning suggested a time of crisis.
Questions for Collingham’s The Taste of Empire
These are to help focus and guide your reading; they are not part of the assignment and are not to be handed in.
Try not to fixate on every detail and instead try to follow Collingham’s arguments and the qualifications she offers
to them. If you understand the arguments, you will find the examples or evidence more relevant and more
understandable. You might find it helpful to consult the Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for
College Students link in the Note-taking section of the course OWL site.
1. What is Collingham’s thesis? What
arguement or positon is she trying to advance
or prove? What’s the point of the book?
1. What was ‘poor john’?
2. How did Newfoundland salt cod become
one of the “building blocks of the British
1. What was Tudor reformers vision
for Ireland and was it achieved?
1. What culinary compromises die New
Englanders have to make in order to survive
in the New World.
2. How and why was New England
integrated into the emerging British Empire?
1. How did the Atlantic Slave Trade strain
West African agriculture?
2. How did Africans respond? What was teh
legacy of that response?
1. What does the following statement
mean: “The West Indies lay at the heart
of the First British Empire…”? (p. 55)
1. Why was the rise of tea drinking a
“symptom of the worrying impoverishment
of the labouring classes.” (p.94)
2. How and why did colonial or imported
groceries shift from luxuries to staples?
What were the consequences of that shift?
1. How did 18th century naval expansion
stimulate the provisions industry?
2. What role did the empire or colonial
demand play in this growth?
3. What was Indian pale ale? How did the
British make curry their own?
1. Explain the link between spices (pepper)
2. How did the Empire benefit and enrich
the British economy?
1. Who was responsible for the knowledge
required to grow South Carolina’ rice crop?
2. Was the economic impact of South
Carolinian rice limited to the New World
1. How did rum become a global
2. What was the impact of the Molasses
3. What was the destination of most British
exports by 1800?
1. How did the British East India Company
turn opium into tea?
British East India
1. What role did food play in European
2. What was the impact and legacy of this
1. Why were canned goods initially rejected
at home but embraced overseas?
2. Why did British colonists try to recreate
British means overseas?
1. Define respectability. Why was it
2. How did colonial authorities use food to
further expand their control over native
1. What role did Indian indentured servants
play in the sugar and tea industries after
the end of slavery?
2. What does Collingham mean when see
states that “Britain acquired an enormous
peasantry abroad” (p.211).
1. What were the Corn Laws and what was
significant about their repeal in 1846?
2. What was the impact of Britain relying
upon its empire for more and more
1. What accounts for the increase in British
meat consumption in the 19th and 20th
2. What other formerly rare foodstuffs did
Britons come to enjoy? How were they
marketed and sold?
1. How did wartime Britain benefit from its
empire and its global reach? How did the
1. Why did the British think that the Kikiyu
people were malnourished and why did
they think that the Maasai were healthier?
2. Did colonial authorities succeed in
alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the
Empire? Why or why not?
1.Plum Pudding was thought of as a
national dish despite its many foreign
‘Making the Empire Christmas pudding’,
artwork by F C Harrison c.1930.
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source, you must provide proper references. Citations to Pomodoro may be
made in text. For example: “The cultivation and consumption of tomatoes
increased markedly during the nineteenth century”. (66). Citations to any
other sources should be made in footnotes according to the Chicago
Manual of Style. You should consult the following guide for the correct
format (Chicago Style) http://brescia.uwo.ca/library/research/citation-guides/
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