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"Liberalism and Empire: Histories and Legacies"

Taliaferro Hall 2110
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Please join us for an afternoon conversation on "Liberalism and Empire: Histories and Legacies" with Dr. Richard Price of the University of Maryland History Department. Afterwards there will be a comment presented by Dr. Holly Brewer. 

Dr. Price's paper is based on his upcoming book, Liberalism and Empire: Histories and Legacies. Price’s focus in this book will be on the British Empire from the early nineteenth century.  He is seeking to address questions that resonate beyond the confines of the British Empire and whose significance extends into the present day. How do liberal societies explain and justify empire to themselves?  How do they face the challenges that imperial actions and quotidian violence pose to the values of liberal society?  What are the historical consequences of the engagement between liberalism and empire, and particularly of the relationship of liberalism to the impact of empire upon indigenous peoples?

Richard Price joined the Department of History in 1982 and served several terms as Chair. He was also Interim Director for the School of Music and Interim Director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.   His teaching and scholarly interests originally focused on the social history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain and particularly on the history of the working class over those centuries.  He has written four books in that area of study, edited two others, and authored many scholarly articles.  More recently he turned his attention to the history of the British Empire.  His most recent book Making Empire. Colonial Encounters and the Creation of Imperial Rule in Nineteenth-Century Africa (Cambridge, 2008) won the Albion Prize for the Best Book in Post-1800 British History awarded by the North American Conference on British Studies.

Wine and cheese will be served. In order to help us estimate attendance, RSVP at millercenter@umd.edu or call at 301-405-4299. 

A copy of Dr. Price's paper is attached below.