Professor Linda Colley (Princeton) presents ‘Constitutions and Global History, 1780-2000’ for the Department of History

After the American and French Revolutions, a written constitution came progressively to be viewed an an essential symbol and component of a modern state. Britain however both resisted these revolutions, and has retained an un-codi ed constitution. Despite this, Britain’s impact on the writing of constitutions in other countries — both inside and outside its former empire — has been more extensive than that of any other power. In this lecture, Linda Colley explores this apparent paradox and what it reveals about global, imperial and British history, and about the meanings of constitutional design.

Linda Colley is Shelby M C Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. She is a leading historian of Britain, empire and nationalism. Her award-winning books include Britons: Forging the Nation 1707 – 1837 ( rst published 1992, third edition, 2009), Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600–1850 (2002), and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (2007, listed by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year.) Professor Colley is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009.

5-6:30, 9 JUNE, 2011
CCANESA Boardroom,
Madsen Building F09
The University of Sydney.
Entry through Madsen Building Foyer accessed via the Eastern Avenue pedestrian mall.
Limited parking is available after 3pm,
Flat rate: $6 (coin only)
MORE INFORMATION
E kirsten.mckenzie@sydney.edu.au
P 9351 6668

This lecture has being organised by the Nation, Empire,Globe Research Cluster, which is funded by a University of Sydney International Program Development Fund Grant in association with the World Universities Network.

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