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Fri, April 13, 2007 | Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

In the past few years, debate over the 'memory' and legacies of Empire has gained a new, ever higher profile in British public consciousness-and indeed distinctively in that of England, since related developments in Scotland and elsewhere have taken increasingly divergent paths. Dramatic political shifts, and unprecedented soul-searching about national identity and history, contributed to the scholarly debate on the imperial past. This lecture will map these transformations, bringing together arguments from historical interpretation with ones from political life, public history, and popular culture. Stephen Howe is Professor in the History and Cultures of Colonialism, Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol. His books include Anticolonialism in British Politics (1993), Afrocentrism (1998), Ireland and Empire (2000) and Empire: A Very Short Introduction (2002). The Intellectual Consequences of Decolonization is forthcoming from Oxford, as is his edited collection New Imperial Histories from Routledge.

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