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'British Imperialism and American Nation-Building Compared'


Fri, February 10, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In American usage, nation-building is a self-conscious alternative to British imperialism, although many of the underlying ideas drew from British political thought. This seminar talk will focus on the similarities and differences in practice between British imperialism and American nation-building. The differences are in fact significant, and they explain the nature of the contemporary international system.

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin with joint appointments in the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Department of History, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author of five books, most recently: Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (2011).

With comments by Philip Bobbitt (Law) and Bartholomew Sparrow (Government)

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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