Professor Patricia Clavin FBA is delivering the Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture on ‘Britain and the making of Global Order after 1919’ today at King's College London. On the centenary of the Paris Peace, Professor Clavin explores Britain’s pivotal role in the development of a rules-based global order. The lecture reveals how Britons fashioned the practices and norms of new international institutions, including the League of Nations, to manage relations between states, markets and civil society. Drawing on the correspondence of key internationalists – including women usually excluded from the canon of international thought – it uncovers how economic, social and even environmental issues took on as much importance as the more familiar concerns of border protection and weapons’ control as Britain searched for security in its relations with the Empire, Europe and the USA.

This lecture series was established in 2006 in honour of the late Ben Pimlott FBA (1945 – 2004) and in association with the Institute of Contemporary British History, with which Ben had close ties. Ben Pimlott was a British historian of the post-war period in Britain and made a substantial contribution to the literary genre of political biography. Each lecture is published in the journal and is available free online. For more information see: