Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State

Book Launch with author Benjamin D. Hopkins

Ruling the Savage Periphery

From the Afghan frontier with British India, to the pampas of Argentina and the deserts of Arizona, nineteenth-century empires drew borders with an eye toward placing indigenous people just on the edge of the interior. They were too nomadic and communal to incorporate in the state, yet their labor was too valuable to displace entirely. Elliott School Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, Benjamin Hopkins, argues that empires sought to keep the “savage” just close enough to take advantage of, with lasting ramifications for the global nation-state order.

The Elliott School Book Launch Series and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies are proud to present a lecture by Dr. Hopkins on his latest book: Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern State. The talk will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience moderated by GWU Professor of History, Dr. Dane Kennedy

The event will be free, online, and open to the public. Registration is required.

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