Professor Andrew Lambert: Constructing the Seapower State: Culture, Identity and Exceptionalism

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June 19, 2018
United Kingdom


FREE central London event

Talk & Wine reception 

17:15-18:30, 19 June 2018

Wolfson Room I

Institute of Historical Research 

Senate House

London, WC1 7HU 



Professor Andrew Lambert examines the conflict of ideas between seapower states and their continental contemporaries, and the longer term contrasts that recur across time.


He argues that seapower identity is a construct, closely connected with inclusive political models wherein which major economic actors have a share in political power, an identity sustained and celebrated in monumental maritime architecture, art and literature. These dynamic, progressive states have alarmed and alienated contemporary continental autocracies, especially those attempting to impose a universal monarchy, and a terrestrial monoculture.


This event is free, open to all and there is no need to book. Please join us after the seminar for a wine reception in the IHR's Common Room. 


This is the last Maritime History & Culture Seminar of the academic year; seminars will resume in the autumn.


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Lucy Dale (Royal Museums Greenwich)
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