Fri, April 17, 2009 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
Sir Keith Hancock (1898-1988), one of the distinguished practitioners of British economic history, combined breadth of vision, geographical scope, and imaginative reach. His biography of J. C. Smuts of South Africa has changed the lives of graduate students at the University of Texas. Yet he was evasive on the issue of race. This lecture will argue that in the latter part of his life Hancock presented a refined apology for white paternalism in South Africa.
Saul Dubow is Professor of History at the University of Sussex. His recent research pursues the theme of colonial science, race, and the ideology of empire. His recent books include A Commonwealth of Knowledge: Science, Sensibility, and White South Africa (2006).