Richard Drayton

Richard Drayton


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Research interests

How empires shape economy, society, politics, and culture at both their centres and peripheries

How ideas and sensibility operate over the long term to shape history, and how, reciprocally, material facts - in particular nature, technology, and economy - order culture and feeling

The British Empire (from Tudor expansion to decolonisation), and the impact of imperial expansion on the British isles

French expansion and its impact on economy and society (c. 1500-1850)

Global and transnational History, in particular Atlantic history

The History of the Caribbean, in particular its intellectual life (both elite and from below) since 1800

Anti-colonial movements in the Twentieth Century

Imperialism after Decolonisation, in particular the neo-imperial moment (since c. 1990)

Research interests (short)

British and French imperial history; Caribbean history; World/ Global /Transnational history; History of Science

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial Science and a Scientific Empire: Kew Gardens and the Uses of Nature, 1772-1903, Yale University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Master of Philosophy, Yale University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Master of Arts, Yale University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelor of Arts, Sugar Cane Breeding in Barbados: Knowledge and Power in a Colonial Context, Harvard University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986


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