• Book launch: Colonial Knowledge, International Relations, and the Anglo-Afghan Encounter, 1808-1878

Book launch: Colonial Knowledge, International Relations, and the Anglo-Afghan Encounter, 1808-1878

01 June 2016

London

Taming the Imperial Imagination marks a novel intervention into the debate on empire and international relations, and offers a new perspective on nineteenth-century Anglo- Afghan relations. Martin J. Bayly shows how, throughout the nineteenth century, the British Empire in India sought to understand and control its peripheries through the use of colonial knowledge. Addressing the fundamental question of what Afghanistan itself meant to the British at the time, he draws on extensive archival research to show how knowledge of Afghanistan was built, refined and warped by an evolving colonial state. This knowledge informed policy choices and cast Afghanistan in a separate legal and normative universe. Beginning with the disorganized exploits of nineteenth-century explorers and ending with the cold strategic logic of the militarized ‘scientific frontier’, this book tracks the nineteenth-century origins of contemporary policy ‘expertise’ and the forms of knowledge that inform interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere today.

Speaker: Dr Martin Bayly

Discussants: Dr Duncan Bell (Cambridge), Dr Rob Johnson (Oxford) and Professor Jutta Weldes (Bristol)

Chair: Dr Tarak Barkawi (LSE)

 

 

Venue: LSE, Parish Hall (PAR), Room 2.03 (map here

Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm - there will be a drinks reception after 

Cost: Free. 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries, please contact s.wise3@lse.ac.uk or 020 7955 6821.