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Welcome to the Toynbee Prize Foundation

The Foundation seeks to promote scholarly engagement with global history through several activities. Foremost among these is the Toynbee Prize, an award granted every other year to recognize outstanding work in global history. As an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, the Foundation sponsors one session at the Association’s annual meeting. In the years in which the Prize is awarded, the recipient presents a lecture. In alternate years, the Foundation sponsors a session on global history.

CfP: Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Antarctica (Oslo, Dec. 2020)

As the world heats up, so has the competition for resources and strategic advantages in the polar regions. Later this year, scholars will meet to address the ongoing history of such efforts in the Antarctic in Norway, long one of the most avid participants in the game of polar exploration – and territorial claims. Yet…

What We’re Reading This Week

Chris Szabla Quinn Slobodian, “Colossus Wears Tweed,” Dissent Vladimír Handl, “From the other side of the aisle,” Visegrad Insight,   “France’s Macron calls colonialism in Africa a ‘grave mistake”, Deutsche Welle Yuan Yang, “Xinjiang security crackdown spurs Han Chinese exodus, Financial Times Nguyen Hong Thao, “Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea” The Diplomat Julia Klimova “Val d’Isere: The doctor…

What We’re Reading This Week

Joseph Satish Julia A. Dowd, “Another Ignatian History: Including Women in the Story of Jesuit Mission”, Jesuit Higher Education Anando Bhakto, “Jammu & Kashmir: Seething Valley”, Frontline Ben Knight, “Amitav Ghosh: What the West doesn’t get about the climate crisis”, DW Sayantani Nath, “How to Save Forest Culture? ‘Silent’ Battle by Odisha’s Kondhs is The Right Lesson”, The Better…

What We’re Reading This Week

Liat Spiro Noah Zatz, “Care Work In & Beyond the Labor Market,” LPE Blog Eileen Boris, “Making Care Work Green,” LPE Blog “Worldmaking after Empire Roundtable,” AAIHS James Parker Arundhati Roy, “India: Intimations of an Ending,” The Nation  Andrew Anthony, “Lost in Cambodia,” The Guardian Bahru Zewde, “The Legacies of the Ethiopian Student Movement,” Jacobin Matthew Bowser Vidhi Doshi, “A Look Inside…

Seleucid Global? Time and Empire in the Hellenistic Near East: An Interview with Paul J. Kosmin

In 311 BCE Seleucus Nicator staged a triumphal return to Babylon. Following the death of Alexander the Great, Seleucus had been one among the emperor’s many rival generals, family members, and friends fighting to gain control over the remnants of his empire. Expelled from his Babylonian satrapy in 316 BCE, Seleucus had spent the intervening…

What We’re Reading This Week

Natalie Behrends Daniel Boguslaw, “Fighting Franco’s Ghosts,” Dissent Reem Abou-el-Fadl, “Foreign Policy as Nation-Making: Turkey and Egypt in the Cold War (New Texts Out Now),” Jadaliyya Sarah Balakrishnan, “Placing and Spacing the Dead in Colonial Accra,” The Metropole Martin Crevier Tom Griffiths, “Reading Bruce Pascoe,” Inside Story Isabelle Hachey, “Violence généalogique et autres impressions,” La Presse Charles Fain Lehman,…

What We’re Reading This Week

Colin Bernard Paul Hockenos, “Zero Hour: The First Days of new Berlin“, The Boston Review. Dimitrina Petrova, “The 1989 Revolutions and the Roots of Illiberal Populism“, Dissent Ben Margulies, “Book Review: Maoism a Global History by Julia Lovell“, LSE Review of Books Dexter Govan Diarmaid Ferriter, “Irish have no right to politicise remittances“,  Irish Times” Dalya Alberge, “Cliff…

What We’re Reading This Week

Yehor Brailian Matthew Willis “The East India Company Invented Corporate Lobbying,” JSTOR Daily  Mark Hampton, “Leaving Hong Kong” History Today. Marybeth Hamilton “Concentration camps and historical analogies: an interview with Dan Stone,” History Workshop. Barbara J. Falk, “Legacies of 1989 for dissent today,” Eurozine. Sean Phillips Dagomar Degroot, “Little Ice Age lessons,” Aeon Paul Kreitman, ‘The Midway of our…