Historian Pam Chessell presents a series of talks, each concentrating attention on one particular date in history – 1770, 1812, 1871 and 1919 – and explores the lasting, unpredicted and unprecedented impact of apparently disconnected events.
In 1812 Britain was at war with France; the United States declared war on Britain (first time the fledgling country declared war on another and sometimes known as the ‘second war of independence) over territory now known as Canada; the Luddites were rioting in Nottinghamshire; the word ‘gerrymander ‘ was first coined in relation to US politics; Louisiana became the 18th US state; Lord Wellington defeated French troops in the Battle of Salamanca, Spain; Napoleon had marched across Europe and won a technical victory against Kutuzov’s Russian forces at Borodino, only to be forced into an ignominious retreat from Moscow and disastrous defeat. Napoleon is imprisoned, escaped, and within 100 days had resumed leadership and gathered another army. What factors accounted for such turbulence, and what were the ramifications of these different events?
In New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macquarie was transforming a riotous gaol into a colony of free men and emancipists, only to be subject to a scathing report which led to his recall. The British increased their influence and control in the Cape Colony, in India through the East India Company, and also in China.
What are the links that relate these seemingly disparate events to each other? What are the impacts of these events on future relationships and events?
Each talk will provide general information and analyse the causal relationship between apparently disconnected events.