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10May2019

MY ARTICLE ON DEMOCRATIZATION AND EMPIRE

My article on Democratization and the British Empire has been accepted by the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.  It will appear in a special number of the journal in honour of the global and imperial historian John Darwin, who supervised my doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford.

The article tries to connect the political science literature on democratization, and especially its startling finding that British imperialism is positively correlated with post-independence democratic survival, and historians’ work on empire, which is often sceptical about the degree to which the British Empire was serious about democracy.  The special number of the journal is expected to appear in 2020.

IMAGE CREDIT: HERBERT BAKER, ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING OF THE INDIAN LEGISLATIVE BUILDING (INK AND OIL PAINT ON CLOTH, 1921), PART OF EDWIN LUTYENS’ AND HERBERT BAKER’S DESIGNS FOR IMPERIAL DELHI (NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, BENGALARU).