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Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context

CLSGC Book Symposium on Toward Democracy by Professor James Kloppenberg

29 May 2018

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm

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Toward Democracy book cover

Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) hosts Professor James T Kloppenberg for a book symposium on his book, Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought. This will be chaired by QMUL School of Law's Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, with QMUL School of History's Professor Richard Bourke as discussant.

A light lunch will be provided for those in attendance.

About the Book

Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought

  • This book will do for democracy what Lawrence Friedman did for strategy—combine all elements of a battle into a single narrative.
  • A major synthesis of Western intellectual thought.
  • Comprises the British civil war, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution.

About the Author

James T. Kloppenberg is Charles Warren Professor of American History. He was born in Denver and educated at Dartmouth (A.B. 1973) and Stanford (M.A., 1976, Ph.D., 1980). He enjoys playing tennis, swimming, hiking, and following the Red Sox, the Celtics, and soccer everywhere. He and his wife Mary have lived in Wellesley, MA, since 1980. In recognition of his teaching, he has been named a Harvard College Professor and awarded the Levinson Memorial Teaching Prize by the Harvard Undergraduate Council. He teaches courses on European and American thought, culture, and politics from the ancient world to the present. He serves as the chair of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, as well as on the faculty of the graduate program in American Studies and the undergraduate concentration in History and Literature.


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This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


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