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Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826): utopian imperialist

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Speaker(s): Victoria Glendinning
Chair: Dr Felicia Yap

Recorded on 26 November 2012 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

How the East India Company, a dysfunctional commercial entity too big to fail, elevated and then spat out the controversial reformist visionary who lost the Company money but founded a world city - Singapore.

Victoria Glendinning is a prizewinning biographer, the author of Elizabeth Bowen, Vita, Edith Sitwell, Trollope and Leonard Woolf. She has also written three novels, The Grown-Ups, Electricity and Flight. She is a Vice-President of English PEN and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Born in Yorkshire, she now lives in Somerset.

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