From the Ruins of Empire
When: Mon 26 Nov 2012, 18.30 - 20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions
The Victorian period, often viewed in the West as a time of self-confident progress, was experienced by many Asians as a catastrophe. As the British gunned down the last heirs to the Mughal Empire, burned down the Summer Palace in Beijing, or humiliated the bankrupt rulers of the Ottoman Empire, it was clear that for Asia to recover, a vast intellectual effort would be required. Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire, explores the historical fallout of the end of the Qing, Ottoman and Mughal Empires with historian and filmmaker Michael Wood.