American Empire – beyond the myth of American exceptionalism

American Empire: A Global History

Professor Tony Hopkins, Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge and an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge , together with Dr Max Edling, Reader in Early American History at King’s College, London; Professor William Gervase Clarence Smith, Professor of Economic History of Asia and Africa at SOAS; and  Professor John Darwin ( retired Professor of Imperial and Global History at Nuffield College, Oxford) debate American Empire: A Global History (2018)

American empire has been already described by reviewers, as ‘a large and vigorously argued book’, and the  ‘definitive account of a complex subject’.  

In Prof Hopkins own words, it is an analysis of ‘how did we get from there to here’, unpacking the history of America - the ‘indispensable nation’ – through an examination of the evolution of America’s international relations. The principal theme is the study of the Impulses of globalisation, and the economic forces which propel and sustain empire. Hopkins identifies three phases of globalization: proto-globalisation – the mercantilist expansion based on the military/fiscal W European states; modern globalization in the mid-19th century, in which drivers were industrialization and nation building; and post-colonial globalization, in the post-WWII era.


School of Advanced Study
Professor Tony Hopkins
Event date: 
Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 3:59pm
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