Elliott School Book Launch Series

Coming next: Ruling the Savage Periphery

Ruling the Savage Periphery

 

 

September 30, Wednesday

2:00 - 3:30 pm EST

The event is free, online, and open to the public. Registration is now open here.

From the Afghan frontier with British India to the pampas of Argentina to the deserts of Arizona, 19th-century empires drew borders with an eye toward placing indigenous people just on the edge of the interior. They were too nomadic and communal to incorporate in the state, yet their labor was too valuable to displace entirely. Elliott School Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, Dr. Benjamin Hopkins, argues that empires sought to keep the “savage” just close enough to take advantage of, with lasting ramifications for the global nation-state order.

The Elliott School Book Launch Series and Sigur Center for Asian Studies are proud to present a book talk on Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State. The talk will feature a lecture by Dr. Hopkins, followed by a live Q&A with the audience moderated by GWU Professor of History, Dr. Dane Kennedy

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Drone

 

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Emotions of Justice

 

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