American Imperialism in Comparative Perspective
University Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Extra-European History at Cambridge University and fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Monday, March 19, 3:15 p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber
Potluck following at 5:30 p.m., Albany Quandrangle, Smith Hall
Richard Drayton is one of the leading historians of European overseas expansion, imperialism, and the intersection of knowledge and power in shaping the Modern World. He specializes in the transnational histories of imperialism and anti-imperialism and, in particular, examines the political, economic, cultural, and environmental histories of British and French expansion as well as the regional experience of the Caribbean. Drayton is the author of Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the Improvement of the World, 2000, which was awarded the Morris D. Forkorsh Prize for best book in British, Imperial, and Commonwealth history by the American Historical Association. He has also contributed to the Oxford History of the British Empire and is currently completing The Caribbean and the Making of the Modern World (Viking/Penguin, forthcoming 2008), an attempt to write world history within the experience of one geographic region. His work in public history has included regular appearances on BBC Radio and editorials for the Guardian. He is a senior research associate of the Centre for World Environmental History at the University of Sussex and has also served as an advisor for the Museum of the British Empire and Commonwealth in Bristol.
The Throckmorton lecture was established in 1963 to commemorate the life and work of Arthur L. Throckmorton, a professor of history at Lewis & Clark...