Time’s Monster

20 September 2021

Time’s Monster

Priya Satia explores how the narratives and interpretations of the British Empire crafted by historians shaped the course of history itself.
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Join Priya Satia as she outlines her new research on the significant role that historical writing has played in shaping events across the British Empire. The perception of history as a mode of ethics in the modern period gave historians from John Stuart Mill to Winston Churchill outsized policy-making power, allowing them to shape the future while also interpreting the past.

In this special virtual event, Priya Satia will consider how, for generations, the history of the British Empire was written by its victors. British historians’ accounts of conquest guided the consolidation of imperial rule in India, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. She will explore how narratives of the development of imperial governance licensed the brutal suppression of colonial rebellion, and the impact reimagining of empire during the two world wars had on decolonisation.

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About the speaker

Professor Priya Satia is the award-winning author of Spies in Arabia and Empire of Guns. The Raymond A Spruance Professor of International History and Professor of British History at Stanford University, she has written for the Financial Times, The Nation, Washington Post and other outlets.

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