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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

IHS Conf.: 1763 – Temptations of empire in the British World during the decade after the Seven Years' War—DAY 2

Fri, February 26, 2010 • GAR 4.100

This is a two-day conference from Feb. 25-26, 2010. DAY 2: GAR 4.100

The focus of the conference is the British Empire during its "decade of crisis" between the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 and the passage of the Tea Act ten years later. Over the course of this decade, Britons drastically transformed the way they viewed themselves and their empire.

For the first time, British imperial policy extended to the governance of the French Catholic inhabitants of Canada, the Native people of the trans-Appalachian interior of North America, Africans in the new colony of Senegambia, and the twenty million inhabitants of Bengal subject to the authority of the East India Company. In Britain itself, the governance of this vastly extended empire engendered an enormous amount of bitter debate and anxious discussion in the halls of power as well as in the popular press.

Among historians of each of the different parts of the British World, this decade has long been seen as one of crucial importance. However, while invaluable work has been done to examine British and indigenous relations and exchanges in specific colonial contexts, as well as to examine connections between the metropolis and specific colonial regions, there has been as yet few attempts to interrogate the links across and between the colonial regions and to set developments in particular regions into the context of the transformation of the British Empire as a whole.

We aim to address this need by bringing scholars working on various aspects of the British World into dialogue and debate over the causes and character of the imperial transformation of the 1760s and early 1770s.

For queries or if you have registered and will be attending the conference and would like to view a pre-circulated paper, please e-mail: historyinstitute@austin.utexas.edu.

Conference Schedule (PDF 112K)

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, History Dept., British Studies Program, Littlefield Fund for Southern History


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