Wm. Roger Louis to Discuss “The European Colonial Empires in Asia and Africa”

Professor Wm. Roger Louis, director of the Center, will present “The European Colonial Empires in Asia and Africa” at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This lecture is in conjunction with the National History Center’s Fifth International Seminar on Decolonization, and sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

The event is free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations are needed.

In his lecture, Louis will survey the differences and similarities in the European colonial empires from the nineteenth century to the post-World War II era.  By 1914,  European sway encompassed some 85 percent of the world’s surface.  The British Empire alone extended over one-fourth of the globe and over one-fourth of its population.  In their political and religious cultures, and in their social and economic organization, there were profound contrasts among the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Italian and British colonial systems. The legacy of empire in different regions and local areas endures to the present.

Wm. Roger Louis, current holder of the Chair in the Countries and Cultures of the North at the Library of Congress and Honorary Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford (UK), is a past President of the American Historical Association (AHA).  He is also the Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas in Austin.

His books include Imperialism at Bay and The British Empire in the Middle East.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford History of the British Empire. He served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the US Department of State from 2001 until 2008.

There will be two additional lectures held during the seminar that will feature Jason Parker (Texas A&M University) and Daniel Branch (University of Warwick, England).  Those lectures are scheduled for July 21st and July 28th, respectively.  Both speakers are alumni of the decolonization seminar.  More information on these lecture is forthcoming.