The Legacy of Imperialism

The Legacy of Imperialism

The Legacy of Imperialism

The Legacy of Imperialism

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Pittsburgh celebrated its Bicentennial late in 1958 and in 1959. It was the intent of the Education Committee of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Association to encourage and to sponsor such activities and events as would call attention to the rich and varied life of this community, both in its present state of accomplishment and in its historical development. One such event was a lecture series under the auspices of Chatham College entitled "Colonialism, Imperialism and Self-Determination." The lectures were delivered in the Chatham Chapel on successive weeks from April 30 to May 19, 1959.

The idea of the series originated in a belief that a college of liberal arts should contribute something of an intellectual character which was common both to the world of William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, for whom both the city and the college were named, and to the present world. No theme seemed more natural than one concerned with relationships among peoples and nations. In Pitt's day the United States was going through its own birth pangs as an independent nation and finally achieved this status before Pitt died. The issues of colonialism, of imperialism, of self-determination were real then as they are now. Hence a series which was designed to trace something of the historical background of mankind's struggle to achieve independence and to include an analysis of Russia's present imperialistic status, the issues relative to freedom in the Far East as one example of the problem writ large, and a presentation of the philosophical . . .

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