Dr David Sim (UCL-History) -William Seward, the US Secretary of State 1861-1869, is best remembered today for his leading role in the purchase of Alaska from Russia, a transaction much criticized at the time as a waste of public money for a frozen territory but today regarded as one of the most astute real estate deals in American history. Seward’s significance extended far beyond that land purchase, however. In a political career spanning the 1840s through the 1860s, he was arguably the central figure in the development of America’s nineteenth century empire in both its territorial and commercial manifestations.
Drawing on his new research project, David Sim explores Seward’s ideas of American empire and his significance in America’s eventual nineteenth-century evolution from hemispheric to world power. This event should appeal to all those interested in US foreign policy past and present.
Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.