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February 18, 2020

F.E.L. Priestley Lectures in the History of Ideas: Prof. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA on "For and Against Empire in the Sixteenth Century"

The sixteenth century saw the rise of several European overseas empires -- Portuguese and Spanish, and then English and Dutch -- as well as the consolidation of more 'traditional' forms of empire like those of the Ottomans and Mughals. These empires had their admirers, who included their paid propagandists and official chroniclers. But they also encountered critics of various sorts, who deployed a variety of distinct arguments. In the Priestley Lectures for 2020, I intend to explore these distinct positions, focusing on some celebrated figures such as Michel de Montaigne, but also on more obscure writers of 'reform tracts' (so called 'arbitristas'). In closing, I will consider how these positions contrasted with later critiques that came from a nationalist standpoint.

For more information: F.E.L. Priestley Lectures


Please note that the event below has been postponed.

2020 Annual Rubinstein Lecture by Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam:  “Sceptical Views of Early Modern Empire in Europe and Beyond”

The 2020 Annual Rubinstein Lecture, which will be delivered by Professor Sanjay Subrahmanyam (Distinguished Professor and Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, UCLA) on 26 March. The title for the lecture is “Sceptical Views of Early Modern Empire in Europe and Beyond”.

For more information: Nicolai Rubinstein Lecture at Queen Mary University (London)