Anthony Pagden is a British-born historian whose research has concentrated on the relationship, cultural, political and legal, between the peoples of Europe and their overseas settlements and those of the non-European world from the Atlantic to the Pacific. His work is concerned with the political theory of empire, with how the “West” sought to explain to itself how and why it had come to dominate so much of the world, and with the present consequences of the erosion of that domination. He was educated in Santiago (Chile) London, Barcelona and Oxford. He has been the University Reader in Intellectual History at Cambridge University and the Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Political Science and History at the University of California, Los Angeles.