Author: Christopher Szabla

New and Noteworthy Works in Global Urban History

  The website of the Global Urban History Project (itself worthy of exploration in full) has begun a new series on new and noteworthy works (books and otherwise) written by its members in the field. Among the most interesting of those featured in the inaugural entry: Coll Thrush’s Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire,…

CFP: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the Challenge of a New World Order (Paris, June 2019)

A century ago today, the end of the carnage unfolding between the trenches of the Western Front of the First World War was scarcely imaginable. But so momentous were the consequences for subsequent world history of the eventual end of the conflict – the Versailles and other treaties that emerged from the Paris Peace Conference, and the movements that sought to influence them – that organizers are already mobilizing for a “major international conference” on the subject in the very city where the post-WWI order was shaped in 1919.

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The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, among the main sites of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 / Image: paristoversailles.org

To be convened under the aegis of the Institut historique allemand (IHA)/Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris (DHIP), LABEX EHNE, and the Commission d’histoire des relations internationales/Commission for the History of International Relations, “[t]he purpose of this event is to re-examine the history of the Peace Conference through a thematic focus on the different approaches to order in world politics in the aftermath of the First World War.” The organizers further specify:

CFP: Europe Between Migrations, Decolonization, and Integration (Florence, January 2018)

The Società italiana per lo studio della storia contemporanea (SISSCO, the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History) has been holding a stimulating series of seminars linking the processes of decolonization, postcolonial migration to Europe, and European unity and integration. The series, known as “Europe between migrations, decolonization and integration (1945-1992)” kicked off in Forli…

CFP: Historians Without Borders – Writing Histories of International Organizations (Leiden, March 2018)

The European Research Council project “Rethinking Disability” has organized a conference meant to bring together early career researchers working on international organizations together to discuss the methodological challenges of integrating their work on the subject with various forms of global history. “Historians Without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations” will take place in Leiden from…

CFP: Britain and the World Conference (Exeter, June 2018)

After its tenth annual conference in Austin last year, the British Scholar Society invites submissions to its eleventh Britain and the World Conference, to be held at the University of Exeter from 21 to 23 June 2018. The conference will concern, as always, interactions with the “British world” – including the British Empire and wider…

The Great Divergence and the Marketplace of Ideas: Joel Mokyr’s “Culture of Growth”

The Economist has recently published a review of Joel Mokyr‘s new book, A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy – a new contribution to the debate over “the great divergence” between the European and Asian economies, and how Europe’s wealth and power began to overshadow India’s and China’s by the nineteenth century. Mokyr,…

Connected Anticolonialisms: The Sultanate of Mysore and the American Revolution

Surprisingly little research focuses on how the mid to late eighteenth century rise of the British East India Company’s empire in India coincided with the disintegration of British control over what became the United States. The few exceptions, moreover – most notably P.J. Marshall’s Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750-1783 –…

CFP: Indigenous Exploration Panel at the Society for the History of Discoveries Meeting

A panel will be held during the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries, held in Milwaukee on September 22-23, 2017, on Indigenous Discovery and Exploration History. The aim of the panel is to highlight processes or acts of exploration and discovery – or travel more broadly – by non-European actors: This…

Did Decolonization Foster Human Rights? A Review of Steven Jensen

H-Soz-u-Kult has just posted a review (in German) of Steven Jensen‘s new book, The Making of International Human Rights: The 1960s, Decolonization, and the Reconstruction of Global Values by Annette Weinke of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. Jensen’s book seeks to intervene in debates about the origins of modern human rights by placing them neither in the…

CfP: Law and Colonial Violence Workshop at Queen Mary University London

Queen Mary University London, Cambridge University, and the European University Institute have jointly issued a call for proposals for a workshop on the subject of “Law and Colonial Violence” worldwide, to be held at Queen Mary University London on February 14, 2017. The call provides the following description: Now more than ever, the relationship between…