Inaugural Lecture: The American Civil War as a Conservative Revolution
The Faculty of History invites you to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Adam Smith, the Edward Orsborn Professor of US Politics and Political History & Director of the Rothermere American Institute.

In the 1860s, the United States underwent a violent revolution. Four and half million enslaved people were freed, three quarters of a million people died, billions of dollars’ worth of property was expropriated, and the constitutional order remade. Yet in this lecture, Adam Smith argues that we can only understand these radical changes within the context of a politics that prioritised preservation of existing institutions and venerated the Republic’s founding moment, that embraced the future while being anchored in the past. The American Civil War provides a case study in how and why radical means can be harnessed for conservative ends.

This event is open to all and will be followed by a wine reception.
Date: 25 April 2022, 17:00 (Monday, 1st week, Trinity 2022)
Venue: Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street OX1 4BG
Speaker: Professor Adam Smith (Rothermere American Institute)
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editors: Laura Spence, Belinda Clark