Fri, November 2, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Jessen Auditorium, Homer Rainey Hall
In recent years the common practice of studying British history as separate from the history of the empire has been vigorously challenged. But this challenge has come from one direction only. Scholars have studied at length the ways that the empire shaped Britain, but few have acknowledged the reciprocal ways that the empire was shaped by its being British. Indeed, if Britain proper was 'imperial', the empire was distinctively 'British'. This talk looks at one important facet of the 'BritishnMartin Wiener is the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of History at Rice University. He is the author of Between Two Worlds: The Political Thought of Graham Wallas (1971), and English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980 (1981). His more recent books include Reconstructing the Criminal: Culture (1990), and Men of Blood (2004). He is now writing a book on criminal justice overseas tentatively entitled Inter-Racial Homicide and Criminal Justice in the British World, 1870-1935.
The lecture will be the keynote address to the British Scholar Conference.