The British Empire in Political Thought, from the 18th to the 20th Century
Pemberi pidato: Georgios Varouxakis(Queen Mary University of London)
Tanggal: 9, November, 2016 – Rabu
Tempat: Kamar 306, Gedung No.5, Kampus Songjiang
Summary: The lecture will analyse the thoughts and writings on the British Empire of a selected number of political thinkers who made important contributions to political theorising on the British Empire, both in terms of what kind of entity it was and in terms of whether or not it was to be supported or criticised. After a few words on Montesquieu, the lecture will focus on Adam Smith and his views on both the empire in North America and the empire in India. The lecture will then move to on Edmund Burke, again both with regard to America and with regard to India. Analysis of the thoughts of the main British Utilitarians, Jeremy Bentham, James Mill and John Stuart Mill will follow. Then the work of John R. Seeley will be discussed, to be followed by an account of the strong resistance to the British Empire on the part of the British Comtists (Frederic Harrison and others). Finally, the ideals of Alfred Zimmern on the “Third British Empire” or “Commonwealth” will be analysed.
Speaker Biography: Georgios Varouxakis, Professor of the History of Political Thought, School of History, Queen Mary University of London and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought, Queen Mary University of London. PhD in History, University of London (University College London), 1995. MA in Legal and Political Theory, University of London (University College London), 1992.