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Geopolitics and Imperialism: the British Empire and Halford Mackinder 1890-1940

Department of International History annual lecture

Date: Thursday 25 February 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
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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