Ending Empires: how and why? - Britain, Habsburg, Spain et al
As part of the continuing EuroClio-Europaeum series this year, a special seminar was organised at the University of Oxford on the theme Ending Empires: how and why? - Britain, Habsburg, Spain et al on Friday, 9th May.
Dr. Ashley Jackson
Dr Ashley Jackson, senior lecturer, joined the Defence Studies Department in October 2004 after eight years as a Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. During his time at Oxford he taught and lectured widely on the University's imperialism and extra-European history papers, and ran numerous courses for the University's Department for Continuing Education. He completed his doctorate at New College, Oxford in 1996 and his research has focused on aspects of British imperial and military history ever since. He retains strong links with Commonwealth organisations and his research concentrates on the history of empire, particularly the British Empire, and the history of British military structures and deployments in the wider world. Jackson is an external examiner at Birmingham University and recently received a British Academy grant to pursue his current research on the British Empire's war experience east of Suez.
Professor Robert Evans
Professor Robert Evans is the Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford. He works on the post-medieval history of central and eastern Europe, especially of the Habsburg lands, 1526-1918. He has a particular interest in the place of language(s) in historical development. His main current research commitment is to a history of Hungary, 1740-1945.
The seminar will involve two thirty minute presentations, and general discussion, followed by a tea/coffee break. After the seminar, a special workshop has been arranged for secondary and higher education teachers, led by Ronald Donk (School Textbook Author) reviewing questions on pedagogy, how to utilise these ideas in current classroom teaching.
Following the seminar, participants were invited to the annual Emden Lecture by Sir John Elliot, Regius Emeritus Professor of History, University of Oxford, on The Eclipse of Empire in British and Spanish America.
Sir John Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Oxford and Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge.
He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in 1996 for his contributions to the Social Sciences. For his outstanding contributions to the history of Spain and the Spanish Empire in the early modern period, Sir John was awarded the Balzan Prize for History, 1500-1800 in 1999. His studies of the Iberian Peninsula and the Spanish Empire helped the understanding of the problems confronting 16th and 17th century Spain, and the attempts of its leaders to avert its decline.
Sir John's principal publications are The Revolt of the Catalans, 1963; The Old World and the New, 1492-1650, 1970; and The Count-Duke of Olivares, 1986. In the Spring of 2006, his book Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830 was published by Yale University Press.