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Peter Cain, 'The Radical Critique of Colonialism'

Fri, November 6, 2009 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

In his book on John A. Hobson, Peter Cain argues that there is a radical tradition denouncing the iniquity of imperialism.  Jeremy Bentham played a prominent part in identifying the origins of modern imperialism in the eighteenth century. After examining Bentham's main contribution and demonstrating the richness and power of his ideas, Peter Cain will compare Bentham's work with Hobson's Imperialism: A Study (1902), the most famous statement of the radical case.  The argument is that Bentham's thought was seminal in making Hobson's own contribution so distinctive and interesting.

Peter Cain is Research Professor of History at Sheffield Hallam University.  He is presently at work on a book on the intellectual history of empire in Britain from 1850 to 1914.  His books include Hobson and Imperialism: Radicalism, New Liberalism and Finance, 1887-1938, and his famous work with A. G. Hopkins, British Imperialism, 1688-2000.


Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

Friday November 6, 2009

2:45 for 3:00 p.m.

Friday November 13: John Gooch (University of Leeds) reassessing British military leadership in the First World War

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