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  • Date and time: Tuesday 4 June 2024, 12pm to 1pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Empires, until recently, were everywhere. They shaped borders, stirred conflicts, and set the terms of international politics. With the collapse of empire came a fundamental reorganisation of our world. Decolonisation unfolded across territories as well as within them. Its struggles became internationalised and transnational, as much global campaigns of moral disarmament against colonial injustice as local contests of arms.

Historian Martin Thomas, author of The End of Empires and a World Remade, tells the story of decolonisation and its intrinsic link to globalisation. He traces the connections between these two transformative processes: the end of formal empire and the acceleration of global integration, market reorganisation, cultural exchange and migration.

Join Martin as he explains how decolonisation stands alongside the great world wars as the most transformative event of 20th-century history.

 This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You will receive a link to join a couple of days before the event and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

About the speaker

Martin Thomas is Professor of Imperial History and Director of the Centre for Histories of Violence and Conflict at the University of Exeter. A fellow of the Leverhulme Trust and the Independent Social Research Foundation, he is the author of Violence and Colonial Order: Police, Workers and Protest in the European Colonial Empires1918–1940Fight or Flight: Britain, France, and the Roads from Empire; and other books.


University of York