Was the british empire primarily maintained by force?
focuses your attention on the British empire and asks you to analyse its functioning. Was it solely or primarily maintained by force? Or did the other ‘drivers’ of empire you encountered in Block 3 (economic and cultural forces) also have a role to play in its maintenance? If you believe so, you should analyse the relative importance of each of these drivers and seek to come to a conclusion as to their relative significance. The British empire material in the block pertains to several centuries, but you need not necessarily cover the whole period in equal detail in your answer. You may, where relevant to your argument, make brief comparison to other empires, but the bulk of your answer should focus on the British empire.