“Decolonization and Disorder”: Dane Kennedy to Give Decolonization Lecture

Dane Kennedy, the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University, gave the keynote lecture for the Third International Seminar on Decolonization on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The lecture, which was open to the public, was co-sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. To view a web cast of the lecture, click here.

This lecture examined the waves of European decolonization that began with the “New
World” colonies in the late 18th/early 19th century, spread to the “Old World” in the early
20th century, and culminated in the “Third World” in the mid- to late -20th century. Kennedy explored the relationship between decolonization and global war, and it will consider the
patterns of disorder (civil war, ethnic cleansing, etc.) that often accompanied and followed
on these upheavals

Professor Kennedy received his Ph.D. in British history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. Dr. Kennedy is the author of numerous articles and four books, including The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World and Britain and Empire, 1880-1945. He is also the co-editor with Durba Ghosh of Decentering Empire: Britain, India, and the Transcolonial World.

Also as part of the seminar, Wm. Roger Louis gave a lecture on Palestine and the United Nations in 1947 on July 16.