The British Empire was a Force for Good An Intelligence

The British Empire was a Force for Good An Intelligence Suared Debate Lawrence James author of Rise and Fall of the British Empire and ; Niall Ferguson writer and presenter of Empire for Channel 4 and Professor of Political and Financial History at Oxford University; and Andrew Roberts biographer of Neville Chamberlain's and Winston Churchill's foreign secretary the Earl of Halifax spoke for the motionDr Richard Drayton Cambridge University lecturer in Imperial and extra European History; Yasmin Alibhai Brown Senior Researcher at the Foreign Policy Centre; and David Washbrook Reader in Modern South Asian History at Oxford University spoke against the motionThe debate held on June 1 2004 was chaired by Richard Lindley a veteran television reporter and presenter who has worked for both BBC and ITV current affairs as well as for the news at ITNIntelligence Suared is London's leading forum for live debate holding regular debates on the crucial issues of the day and inviting the leading intellectual and political lights on the given subject to participate in them The format of the debates is modeled on the one employed at the Oxford and Cambridge university Unions a challenging sharply defined motion; a team of speakers to propose the motion and a like number to oppose it; and a moderator to keep the speakers and the audience in order and force everyone to stick to the issues After the main speeches and before summation contributions are asked from the floor audience participation is a key feature of the occasion providing a rare opportunity for the public to voice their opinions and to challenge those of the speakers A vote is taken before the debate begins and then again at the end so as to give a measure often a very dramatic one of the extent to which the audience has been swayed by the oratory and arguments of the speakers in the course of the evening


About the Author: Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University former Laurence A Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and current senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University a visiting professor at Tsinghua University Beijing and founder and managing director of advisory firm Greenmantle LLC The author of 15 books Ferguson is writin



1 thoughts on “The British Empire was a Force for Good An Intelligence Suared Debate

  1. says:

    Good uick debate among some interesting thinkers but a bit too much of a formal debate in style for me to be completely happy with it I think I'd have preferred an interview with each of the debaters given their strong backgrounds to address the topic None the less wo


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *