Date of release: Monday, November 30, 2015

The wind's role in European imperial behaviour and England's maritime history is the subject of a free University of Greenwich talk this week.

Greg Bankoff, Professor of Modern History at Hull University, presents the first of three talks at the university on the theme of Britain and the Sea.

England's Maritime Empire and the World Aeolian System, takes place on Thursday 3 December (6pm) in the Edinburgh Room (QA075), Queen Anne Court, Greenwich Campus.

Vanessa Taylor, Lecturer in Environmental History at Greenwich, says: "Greg's talk will look at how wind systems and currents shaped European seaborne empires prior to the 20th century. How did these factors influence the imperial endeavour in general and England's maritime history in particular?"

The next two talks take place next year: Tim Acott (Greenwich) and Julie Urquhart (Imperial): Heritage, Memory and Small-Scale Fisheries: A Sense of Place Perspective, 3 March 2016

Glen O'Hara (Oxford Brookes): The Fight against Seaborne, Oil and Beach Pollution in Post-War Britain, 19 May 2016.

These public talks are part of the History & Environment series presented by the Raphael Samuel History Centre (RHSC) ( in collaboration with the University of Greenwich, Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences, part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities (

For more information on this series or to join the mailing list, please contact: Vanessa Taylor To find out more about the RSHC History and Environment Seminars in general, please contact George Yerby

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