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The Nuts and Bolts of Empire


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Speaker(s): Professor Paul Kennedy
Chair: Professor Christopher Coker

Recorded on 26 February 2008 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

All great empires have required a sophisticated logistical system, and a secure communications system to sustain themselves. In a world of endless challenges imperial ambitions soon collapse. This lecture will examine the hard, infrastructural underpinnings of the Roman, Spanish and British Empires, and reflect on how the USA compares in this regard.Paul Kennedy is J Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University and Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE.

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