Fri, March 21, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
The events of September 11 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003 generated a considerable debate about the nature of American power in the world at the start of the twenty-first century. Participants gravitated towards one of two positions: one declared that the United States was an empire that stood in a long tradition reaching back to Great Britain and beyond even to Rome; the other held that the United States was not an empire and that analogies with previous imperial powers were mistaken, not leTony Hopkins, formerly The Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at Cambridge, and currently an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, holds the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas. He is the author, with Peter Cain, of the prize-winning study, British Imperialism, 1688-2000 (1993, second edn. 2001). His recent books are Globalization in World History (2002), and Global History: Interactions between the Universal and the Local (2006).