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Two international experts on global empire analyse war, capitalism and imperialism.

By interrogating historical and contemporary examples, they demystify the study of imperialism and explain its core mechanisms and effects – specifying the imperial origins and nature of the Second World War and the connections between imperialism and capitalism.

A unique opportunity to understand this crucial contemporary issue.


Richard Overy (Exeter): Imperialism & War.

Professor Overy is a renowned historian and has published numerous books on the interwar period. His recent, widely acknowledged “magnum opus” and “masterpiece” is Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-1945 ”.

Vivek Chibber (New York University): Capitalism & Imperialism.

Professor Chibber is a distinguished social theorist and author of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital and, most recently, The Class Matrix: Social Theory after the Cultural Turn.

This event inaugurates Kent’s new Centre for the Global Study of Empire and is co-sponsored by the Centre for the History of War, Media, and Society.

Imperialism Past & Present

Mon 3 October


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