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Aaron Graham Memorial Lecture - 'Revisiting the Unions of 1707 and 1801'

12 June 2024, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Join us for Aaron Graham's Memorial Lecture with Professor Julian Hoppit as our guest lecturer.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Queenie Lee

Location

LG26
Bentham House
4-8 Ensleigh Gardens
London
WC1H 0EG
United Kingdom

Revisiting the Unions of 1707 and 1801

The United Kingdom is a multi-national, composite, state. The two unions of 1707 and 1801, merging Scotland to England and Wales and then Ireland to Britain, were foundational to its development. Then and now they were controversial. In this lecture they are explored via themes central to Aaron Graham's research, particularly the tax burdens and public expenditure envisaged. The argument is that arrangements in the 1707 Union were poorly drawn, leading to charges that Scotland was failing to pay its way. Things were settled very differently in 1801. However, this fiscal compact quickly proved unworkable, tainting Anglo-Irish relations until Irish independence through nationalist claims that Ireland was being over-taxed.

Lecture: LG26, Bentham House (17:15-18:30)
Reception: Archaeology Common Room (18:30-20:00)

There is a 4 minute walk from the Lecture to Reception location. If you have any accessibility requirements, please add this in the booking form above.

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About the Speaker

Professor Julian Hoppit

Julian joined UCL in 1987 as a lecturer and was the Astor Professor of British History from 2006 to 2021. Initially, his research was as an economic historian, exploring business enterprise in eighteenth-century England. More recently he has focused on the relationship between politics and the economy in Britain between 1660 and 1800. His latest book is titled The Dreadful Monster and Its Poor Relations: Taxing, Spending, and the United Kingdom, 1707-2021.