History Lecture at Ithaca College on 17th Century Mughal Siege of Bombay
ITHACA, NY — A talk titled “Managing Ethnic and Religious Difference in the Early English East India Company: The Mughal Siege of Bombay (1689-1690)” will be given at Ithaca College on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Textor 101. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be presented by Margaret R. Hunt, the Winkley Professor of History and professor of women’s and gender studies at Amherst College.
Hunt’s presentation will consider the multiethnic and multi-confessional alliances the Bombay authorities were forced to make in the face of the military and demographic crises of the 1680s and 1690s, focusing on what “British” soldiers and sailors actually thought about racial and religious difference in this period.
Hunt is the author of “Women in Eighteenth-Century Europe” and “The Middling Sort: Commerce, Gender and the Family on England 1660-1780,” winner of the Forkosch Prize awarded by the American Historical Association for the best book in British, British Imperial or British Commonwealth history.
Her talk is part of the Marjorie Fortunoff Mayrock Lecture Series in the Department of History at Ithaca College. Begun in 1979, the series is funded by Elliot Mayrock ’73 in memory of his mother.