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'The British Imperial State in the Eighteenth Century'

Brian Levack HISTORY

Fri, January 25, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Modern scholars usually draw clear distinctions between states and empires, but until the second half of the eighteenth century the growth of the British Empire within the Atlantic world closely resembled the process of state building in Britain in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The distinction between the British state and the British Empire was the product of developments in India and America after 1765 and reflected the changing ethnic composition of the Second British Empire.
Brian Levack is John E. Green Regents Professor in History. He is the author of Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics and Religion (2008) and the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in EarlyModern Europe and Colonial America. His most recent book is The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West (2013).

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar in British Studies

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