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Professor Richard Bourke - ‘And the Glory of Europe is Extinguished Forever...
Tue 3 May 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
‘And the Glory of Europe is Extinguished Forever’: What was the Old Regime?
Join Richard Bourke, Professor in History of Political Thought, for his Inaugural Lecture.
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
Historians tend to explain the origins of modern Europe in terms of the demise of ‘the old regime’. The Enlightenment, culminating in the Age of Revolutions, is usually described as the transition between the two epochs. This lecture explores the emergence of the idea of the old regime, and asks whether it adequately captures past experience. If the period since 1750 cannot be coherently viewed in terms of progress from an ancien régime to modernity, we are left with a general question that bears on our current self-understanding: how are we to interpret the meaning of our present?
Meet the Professor:
Richard Bourke is Professor in the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary University of London. His books include Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke, which appeared with Princeton University Press in September 2015.
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Arts Two Lecture Theatre
Arts Two Building, Queen Mary University of London
327 Mile End Road