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Public Lecture: Was there ever an American Empire?

Lecture led by Professor Antony Hopkins, University of Texas at Austin, as part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lecture Series

Date/Time: Thursday 6 December, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

This talk challenges conventional accounts of the place of the United States in the international order during the last three centuries: the United States did not become fully independent in 1783, acquired an empire that has been forgotten, and became known as an empire only after its real empire had been abandoned.


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