Kwasi Kwarteng: After The Empire

Narratives of Empire

Kwasi Kwarteng

What are the forces which drive empires? Historian and politician Kwasi Kwarteng examines imperial projects through history arguing that narratives of dominance have played a crucial role.

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    Kwasi Kwarteng

    Politician and historian. Conservative MP for Spelthorne since 2010. Books include Ghosts of Empire and Thatcher's Trial.


About the Course

What are the forces which drive empires? Conservative politician and historian Kwasi Kwarteng ranges through world history, from the Mongols to the British, the Nazis to the USA, to argue that narratives of dominance – of moral, religious or racial superiority – have been dramatically under-emphasised. Kwarteng considers the role of commerce, class and military power but identifies over-arching narratives as vital to the success and coherence of imperial projects.

Noting a dramatic shift in the twentieth century, Kwarteng presents us with a challenge: in a world where the idea of empire has been discredited, how do we achieve stability and world order?

About the Instructor

  • Kwasi Kwarteng

    Kwasi Kwarteng is a Conservative politician, historian and the author of War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt.

Course Syllabus

  • Part One: Empires Before 1945
  • Part Two: What Imperialism Means Today