Mon, 20th Nov 20:00 - 21:00
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas : Scotland and EmpireThe Canons' Gait, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ, UK
Doctor Stephen Mullen (University of Glasgow) argues that from an economic perspective, the British Empire was actually a 'good thing' for many Scots and Scotland overall. The nation became great post-1707 due to the Union, access to the British Empire and the historical connections with New world slavery. Professor Stephen Mullen lays out an Atlantic world economic argument: connections with the transatlantic slave trade, connections with cotton, sugar and tobacco trades, Scottish involvement in the Caribbean.
How far did Scotland develope due to this relationship with Empire and slavery?
Lets be clear, colonialism and slavery were evils, but Scotland would be a very different country today without those historical connections.
How should this relationship be acknowledged today?
Ticket price : £3.00