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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Centre for British Studies | Archive | Past Events | Public Lecture: "Jamestown: The Voyage of English."

Public Lecture: "Jamestown: The Voyage of English."

Lord Alan Watson
When Jan 27, 2010 from 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM (Europe/Vienna / UTC100) iCal
Where Großbritannien-Zentrum, Mohrenstraße 60
Contact Phone 030 2093 99040

Lord Alan Watson will give an account of the global significance of the arrival on America's East Coast in 1607 of the "Godspeed", the "Susan Constant" and the "Discovery".  These three ships carried the ideas and the language which would shape the modern world.  Their venture succeeded against the odds, planting the seeds of representative government, capitalism and the rule of law.  Their ideas were expressed in a language which had just reached a peak of power and vitality - the English of Shakespeare, Tyndale and Cranmer's Prayer Book.  The year 1607 marks the start of the voyage of English from the language of 4 million inhabitants of the British Isles to its role as today's working language of the global village used by almost 2 billion people world-wide. 

This event is organised in cooperation with the Debrige.