Insurgent Empire: Dr Priyamvada Gopal in Conversation with Dr Charlotte Riley

13.30 – 14.20

Sunday 5th April

“Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and never will”, so spoke Frederick Douglass in 1857. Over a hundred and fifty years later, the notion that freedom from slavery and imperial rule came about because of the benevolence of the ruling elite still persists in some quarters. In this riveting discussion, Dr Priyamvada Gopal discusses her highly acclaimed new book Insurgent Empire with Dr Charlotte Riley to reveal the fascinating history of the rebellious colonies that fundamentally challenged and changed British attitudes to empire. From the West Indies and East Africa to Egypt and India, we discover how Britain’s enslaved and colonial subjects were not merely victims of empire but also agents of change, whose resistance both contributed to their own liberation and shaped British ideas about freedom and who could be free.

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This event is kindly supported by PLB LTD