Department of International History annual lecture
Date: Thursday 25 February 2010
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Dr John Darwin
Chair: Professor Dominic Lieven
It was perhaps no coincidence that Halford Mackinder, the most famous exponent of geopolitical theory, wrote his seminal essay in 1904 when British world power seemed on the verge of a secular crisis. This lecture examines how far the insights contained in Mackinder's four major works explain the geopolitical fortunes of the British world system in its age of blood and iron.
John Darwin teaches imperial and global history at Oxford University, where he is a fellow of Nuffield College. His new book is The Empire Project: the rise and fall of the British world system 1840-1970.
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