New Book: Andrew Thompson’s “Writing Imperial Histories”

imperialismThe Institute of Commonwealth Studies will host a talk and book launch for Writing Imperial Histories by Andrew Thompson (Professor of Modern History, University of Exeter, UK) on October 9, 2013, from 5:00-7:30pm at the University of London’s Court Room (Senate House, First Floor), located on Malet Street in Bloomsbury, London, England.

Description: Edited by Andrew Thompson, with an introduction by Thompson and an afterword by John Mackenzie, Writing Imperial Histories—part of the Studies in Imperialism series—brings together some of the most distinguished scholars writing today to explore the major intellectual trends in Imperial history, with a particular focus on the cultural readings of empire that have flourished over the last generation.

When the Studies in Imperialism series was founded, the discipline of Imperial history was at what was probably its lowest ebb. A quarter of a century on, there has been a tremendous broadening of the scope of what the study of empire encompasses. Essays in the volume consider ways in which the series and the wider historiography have sought to reconnect British and imperial histories; to lay bare the cultural expressions and registers of colonial power; and to explore the variety of experiences the home population derived from the empire.

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