Bishop Grosseteste University Annual History Lecture: The Making of the Atlantic World

Professor Nicholas Canny proposes to set the 17th-century English Puritan migration to Massachusetts in a wider context than is usually taken into account.

In the course of doing so, he will look at the involvement of both Portugal and Spain with the Atlantic Ocean for the previous century.

Nicholas will argue that it was what was perceived to have been the success of the Iberians, both in the Americas and in the wider trans oceanic world, that spurred the Dutch, the French and the English to emulate what they had achieved or attempted.

Tickets to the lecture only are £3, while including refreshments, the cost is £6. 

Programme for the day

4pm: Arrival and registration for those who have booked refreshments.

4pm to 4:55pm: Arrival and registration for those who have booked 'Lecture Only'.

4:50pm: Introductions and presentation of the Dulcie Duke Award by the Old Students Association of Bishop Grosseteste University, supported by the Lincoln Record Society.

5pm: The Annual History Lecture.

About Nicholas Canny

Nicholas Canny, is Emeritus Professor of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

An expert on early modern history broadly defined, he edited the first volume of The Oxford History of the British Empire (1998) and, with Philip D. Morgan, The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, c.1450-c.1850 (2011).

His major book is Making Ireland British, 1580-1650 (Oxford, 2001). He remains an active publishing scholar on the history of early modern Ireland and on Atlantic history and the book on which he is currently engaged for Oxford University Press is entitled Imagining Ireland’s Pasts: Early Modern Ireland through the Centuries.

Nicholas is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of Academia Europaea, and of the American Philosophical Society and is a past president (2008-11) of the Royal Irish Academy.

The Annual History Lecture

This event was originally established to mark the work of an historian at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), Jim Johnston.

Dr Johnston was a pioneer in the use of probate inventories. However, the main reason why a memorial lecture series began, following his death in 2007, was because he was an exceptional teacher.

He came to BGU in 1971, put down roots and became Vice-Principal, thus he came into contact with innumerable students across a wide age span, and by all of them he was admired and respected.

This annual event has also come to celebrate the contribution of another former history lecturer, Dulcie Duke, by BGU's Old Students' Association.

The occasion also marks the work of current BGU students, and includes the awarding of a best history essay prize, supported by both the OSA, through the Dulcie Duke Prize, and by the Lincoln Record Society.

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