Fri, April 10, 2009 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
'Once the British Empire became world-wide, the sun never set on its crises', wrote its shrewdest historian. By the 1830s, at latest, the British Empire had indeed become a global system. Macaulay had urged his countrymen to see Clive and Hastings as the British Cortes and Pizarro. But not until Sir John Seeley's Expansion of England (1883) did British historians begin to see the empire as a global phenomenon. This lecture will discuss Seeley's extraordinary influence, the muted 'revisionism
John Darwin is Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. His After Tamerlane: the Global History of Empire since 1405 was published in 2007. His The Empire Project: the Rise and Fall of the British World-System will be published this year by Cambridge University Press.