The Specter of Peace: Rethinking Violence and Power in the Colonial Atlantic
Tuesday, September 25
6:00pm: Lecture with Historian Michael Goode
Reception to follow at Nomad Roman I 1305 Locust Street
20% of the proceeds will be donated back to the Library Company
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, an era defined by slavery, warfare, and European colonization, peace hardly seems relevant. Yet peace – or more precisely, histories of peacemaking – was everywhere. Historian Michael Goode shows how peace in the colonial Americas was not just an absence of war, but a complex and contested process of violence negotiation through which European, indigenous, African peoples asserted their notions of “right ordering,” even if the desired endpoint was never fully reached. Drawing upon a wide range of archival sources at the Library Company, Goode describes peace as a specter, haunting histories of colonialism, which have largely engaged with questions of peacemaking without being explicitly aware of it.
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