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Paul Monod, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History, Middlebury College, will give a talk via Zoom in the International and Global Colloquium series.
The term “Anglo-Saxon” was invented in the 1600s to describe the common language of Germanic migrants to England in the early Middle Ages. In the 19th century, however, it began to identify a specific ethnic or racial group. This change came about in part through scholarly fascination with an imagined Anglo-Saxon “constitution” that had supposedly preserved English conceptions of liberty down to the present. Constitutional arguments blended with racism to create a justification for English imperial domination, one adopted by racial thinkers in the United States as well.
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