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Date

Wednesday 21st March, 2018

Time

5:15pm–6:45pm

Admission

public

Cost

free

Booking

not required

Series

Dr Williams's Library Lecture Series

Venue

The Lecture Hall, Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR



Title

‘Dissenter Diplomacy: Sub-diplomatic efforts in the making of the Anglo-American alliance, 1850-1918'.

Seminar

Anglo-American relations witnessed a diplomatic revolution in this period, a development promoted by a trans-Atlantic network of adherents of the ‘Dissenting Churches’. They emphasised a common heritage and shared values concerning democratic government and religious toleration, stretching back to the Pilgrims. In creating this community of common interest their activities included: joint building projects in England commemorating these links, including churches in Gainsborough, Southwark, and Lambeth; trans-Atlantic tours; the swapping of pulpits; and notably the repatriation of the original manuscript history of the Plymouth Colony. Their policy objectives included some form of Anglo-American alliance and international arbitration. DWL is a significant source of material for this study.

 


Speaker

Prof Erik Goldstein

Prof Erik Goldstein

University of Boston