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The University of Southampton
Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies

One Book One Southampton Initiative

Published: 4 March 2015
Empire by Jeremy Paxman

Through 2014-15, the Centre took an active part in the new One Book One Southampton initiative. The chosen book was Jeremy Paxman’s Empire, a popular history of the British empire. Christer Petley represented the Centre at regular meetings of the OBOS steering committee, and Chris Prior recorded a series of podcasts, expanding on themes raised in the book, with colleagues in History with relevant research interests. Christer Petley represented History and the Centre at a public lecture by Jeremy Paxman on 4 March 2015 and at the subsequent reception, hosted by the VC. In addition, Stephanie Jones initiated a university wide student essay competition on the theme of empire, which was judged by a small panel including Centre members (Stephanie Jones and Christer Petley).

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