The Imperial History of the American Revolution


The Imperial History of the American Revolution

Lecture Room 556, West Wing
Arts West (Building 148)


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The American Revolution is a perennial topic of historical investigation and it might seem hard to say anything new about it. But historians still try and usually succeed in rethinking the American Revolution and its legacy and contemporary relevance as scholarship evolves and as new arguments and perspectives emerge.

While the American Revolution is generally acknowledged to be an event with global consequences and an event that needs to be located within an Atlantic World context, many works in the large scholarship on this event do not look at the American Revolution from the perspective of other places than the Thirteen Colonies that became the United States of America. Stephen Conway notes that while it is welcome to see more global and less parochial interpretations of the American Revolution emerging, most accounts of the American Revolution remain framed by the nation, even if they eschew nationalistic perspectives. He comments on how few studies gesture towards the British and imperial dimensions of the revolution.

The workshop aims to build insight into the stated topic. The ambition is to deepen our understanding of the larger global contexts within which the American Revolution fits in the light of new scholarship on empire, the American Revolution, the Atlantic World, and global history.

Keynote lectures will be given by Jane Kamensky (Harvard) and Peter Mancall (USC). Other overseas participants include Pat Griffin (Notre Dame); Frank Cogliano (Edinburgh); Lige Gould (University of New Hampshire); Mark Peterson (Yale); Ed Gray (Florida State). Australian participants include Lisa Ford (UNSW) and Kate Fullagar (Macquarie).

This is a free event with registration requested via the listed email address.


  • Professor Peter Mancall
    Professor Peter Mancall, Professor of the Humanities; Professor of History and Anthropology
  • Professor Jane Kamensky
    Professor Jane Kamensky, Professor of History