Theory & Practice of Imperialism: Locating The British Raj

Theory & Practice of Imperialism: Locating The British Raj

  • 27 Feb
    2020

    Criticism and Theory

    Zareer Masani

Theory & Practice of Imperialism: Locating The British Raj

An evening of two related lectures locating the British Raj in the context of previous imperial models, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, the Holy Roman Empire and the Mughals.  The early ideology of empire, as it emerged, partly Mughal-inspired, partly classical, partly post-Enlightenment in the 18th century administrations of Robert Clive and Warren Hastings, through the Utilitarian ideals of Mountstuart Elphinstone and Governors-General Lords Bentinck and Dalhousie, through to the imperial ornamentalism of Viceroys Curzon, Chelmsford and Willingdon, will be explored.

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February 27, 2020

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

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Zareer Masani

Zareer Masani

Dr. Zareer Masani is the author of Macaulay: Britain’s Liberal Imperialist (The Bodley Head, 2013). He has an Oxford D. Phil. in Modern History and is the author of three other historical books: Indira Gandhi: A Biography, Indian Tales of the Raj and India from Raj to Rajiv (with Mark Tully). He has also written a widely acclaimed family memoir, And All Is Said: Memoir of a Home Divided (Penguin, 2013).

Zareer spent two decades as a producer for BBC Radio 4 and is now a freelance historian, journalist and broadcaster. His particular area of interest is imperial history. He is currently researching a study of Indian participation in running the British Raj.