American Empire: A Global History

Lecture | April 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 A.G. (Tony) Hopkins, Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Cambridge

 Department of History, African History Working Group

Challenging conventional accounts of the place of the United States in the international order during the last three centuries, this talk will show that the U. S. was part of a Western imperial order throughout this period. After 1898, it ruled a now forgotten empire in the Pacific and Caribbean. It brought formal colonial control to an end after 1945, when other Western powers also abandoned their empires. The conditions sustaining territorial empires had changed irrevocably. Thereafter, the United States was not an empire but an aspiring hegemon.

A.G. (Tony) Hopkins is Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History in the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Pembroke College, Emeritus Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History in the University of Texas at Austin, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written extensively on African history, imperial history, and globalization. His most recent books are Globalisation in World History (2001), Global History: Interactions between the Universal and the Local (2006), British Imperialism, 1688-2015 (with P. J. Cain, 3rd ed. 2016), and American Empire: A Global History (2018).

 Lunch will be served

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