A. G. Hopkins

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Not to be confused with Anthony Hopkins or Antony Hopkins.

Antony "Tony" G. Hopkins, FBA (born 21 February 1938) is a British historian at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Walter Prescott Webb Professorship of History and Ideas.

Hopkins was formerly the Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge and is currently an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He had previously taught at the University of Birmingham from 1964 to 1988 and at the University of Geneva, from 1988 to 1994.

Hopkins earned his bachelor's degree from the University of London in 1960 and his Ph.D., also from the University of London, in 1964. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling in 1996.

Hopkins is known mainly for his extensive work on African and imperial history, and, to a lesser extent, for his recent contributions to the history of globalization. He has been an editor for both the Journal of African History and the Economic History Review. His principal works include An Economic History of West Africa (1973), and, with Peter Cain, British Imperialism, 1688-2000 (2001), which won the Forkosch Prize of the American Historical Association and is considered by many to be the most influential interpretation of British expansion offered in the last half century. Hopkins is currently writing a study of American imperialism.[1]

Selected Books by A.G. Hopkins[edit]

  • A. G. Hopkins, An Economic History of West Africa, 1973.
  • P. J. Cain and A. G. Hopkins, British Imperialism, 1688-2000, 2001. (Formerly published in two volumes in 1993).
  • A. G. Hopkins, editor, Globalization in World History, W. W. Norton, 2002.
  • A. G. Hopkins, editor, Global History: Interactions Between the Universal and the Local, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006.
  • Allan McPhee: The Economic Revolution in British West Africa, 2nd. Edition. Frank Cass, London 1971, ISBN 0-7146-2766-6.

Articles and Book Chapters by A.G. Hopkins[edit]

N.B. This list, published in chronological order, includes reprinted items and articles in press, but excludes reviews and contributions to encyclopedias, year books, and weekly periodicals.

  • "The Lagos Chamber of Commerce, 1888-1903," Journal of African History, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Dec., 1965), pp. 241-48.
  • "Economic Aspects of Political Movements in Nigeria and in the Gold Coast, 1918-1939," Journal of African History, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1966), pp. 133–152.
  • "Richard Beale Blaize, 1854-1904: Merchant Prince of West Africa," Tarikh, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1966), pp. 70-79.
  • "The Currency Revolution in South-West Nigeria in the Late Nineteenth Century," Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Dec., 1966), pp. 471-83.
  • "The Lagos Strike of 1897: An Exploration in Nigerian Labour History," Past & Present, No. 35 (Dec., 1966), pp. 133–155.
  • "The Western Sudan in the Middle Ages: Underdevelopment in the Empires of the Western Sudan," Past & Present, No. 37 (Jul., 1967), pp. 149–156.
  • "Introduction" to a new edition of John Whitford, Trading Life in Western and Central Africa (1st ed. Liverpool, 1877; 2nd Edition, Cass, London, 1967), pp. v-xxii.
  • "Economic Imperialism in West Africa: Lagos, 1880-92," Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Dec., 1968), pp. 580–606.
  • "The Creation of a Colonial Monetary System: The Origins of the West African Currency Board," African Historical Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1970), pp. 101–132.
  • "Economic Imperialism in West Africa: A Rejoinder," Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 25, No. 2 (May, 1972), pp. 307–312.
  • "Rationality and Technology in African History," Technology and Culture, Vol. 16, No. 3 (Jul., 1975), pp. 462–465.
  • "On Importing André Gunder Frank into Africa," African Economic History Review, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring, 1975), pp. 13–21.
  • "An Economic History of West Africa: A Comment," African Economic History, No. 2 (Autumn, 1976), pp. 81–83.
  • "Imperial Business in Africa. Part I: Sources," Journal of African History, Vol. 17, No. 1 (1976), pp. 29–48.
  • "Imperial Business in Africa. Part II: Interpretations," Journal of African History, Vol. 17, No. 2 (1976), pp. 267–290.
  • "An Economic History of West Africa: A Further Comment," African Economic History, No. 6 (Autumn, 1978), pp. 139–144.
  • "Africa's Age of Improvement," History in Africa, Vol. 7 (1980), pp. 141–160.
  • "The Political Economy of British Expansion Overseas, 1750-1914," Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Nov., 1980), pp. 463–490.
  • "Property Rights and Empire Building: Britain's Annexation of Lagos, 1861," Journal of Economic History, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 777–798.
  • “The Victorians and Africa: A Reconsideration of the Occupation of Egypt, 1882,” Journal of African History, 27 (1986), pp. 363–91.
  • "Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Expansion Overseas I: The Old Colonial System, 1688-1850," Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Nov., 1986), pp. 501–525.
  • "Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Expansion Overseas II: New Imperialism, 1850-1945," Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Feb., 1987), pp. 1–26.
  • "Big Business in African Studies," Journal of African History, Vol. 28, No. 1 (1987), pp. 119–140.
  • “Informal Empire in Argentina: An Alternative View,” Journal of Latin American Studies, 26, 2 (1994): 469-484.
  • "Back to the Future: From National History to Imperial History," Past and Present, 164 (1999).
  • "Quasi-States, Weak States and the Partition of Africa," Review of International Studies, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr., 2000), pp. 311–320.
  • "Capitalism, Nationalism and the New American Empire,' Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 35, No. 1 (March 2007), pp. 95-117.
  • “Rethinking Decolonization,” Past and Present, (August 2008).
  • Review Essay: “Explorers’ Tales: Stanley Presumes – Again,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 36, No. 4 (Dec. 2008), pp. 669-684.
  • Hopkins, A.G. “The New Economic History of Africa,” Journal of African History, 50 (2009), pp. 155–77.


  • Toyin Falola and Emily Brownell (eds.): Africa, Empire and Globalization. Essays in Honor of A. G. Hopkins, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, NC (2011).

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  1. ^ Wm. Roger Louis (editor), Burnt Orange Britannia (London: I.B. Tauris, 2005), p. 244.