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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.

What We’re Reading This Week

Chloe Bordewich Houri Berberian, “Roving Revolutionaries: How cosmopolitan Armenian radicals launched the 20th century”, Aeon Ra’uf Mas’ad,  “السودان ومصر في مرايا متعاكسة”, Bidayat Samuel Tafreshi, “When Hamlet Speaks Persian: A History of Shakespeare Translation in Iran”, Ajam Media Collective Collin Bernard David Motadel, “The Myth of Middle-Class Liberalism”, The New York Times  Quinn Slobodian, “Colossus Wears Tweed”, Dissent Anthony…

Unexpected Guests? The Soviet Union and the History of Global Capitalism: An Interview with Oscar Sanchez-Sibony

Capitalism versus Communism. To many, the latter half of the twentieth history was deeply shaped by the confrontation between these two ideological and socioeconomic systems. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, capitalism’s triumph was credited to its valorization of money and protection of markets, among other factors; and, as the story continues, Communists failed,…

What We’re Reading This Week

Rustam Khan “The Divided God: A Letter to Hong Kong”, Chuang Pankaj Mishra, “Liberalism according to the Economist”, The New Yorker.  Sean Phillips Emma Kluge, “How the world failed West Papua in its campaign for independence”, The Conversation  Callum Kelly, “The Bodleian Shuinjō: Early English Trade with Japan, 1613-1623”, Oxford and Empire Tom Almeroth-Williams, “Pride & prejudice at…

What We’re Reading This Week

Sam de Schutter Francis J. Gavin, “Asking the right questions about the past and future of world order”, War on the Rocks.  Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, “Why they killed Patrice Lumumba”, Jacobin.  Daniel Immerwahr, “A World to Win: Decolonization and the pursuit of a more egalitarian international order”, The Nation.  Louisa Uchum Egbunike, “Remembering Biafra”, History Workshop.  Joshua Milstein Finn Bowring,…

CFP—Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines (University of Mauritius, 4 – 6 August 2020)

About the Conference The concept of the “archipelago” has been increasingly discussed and deployed by historians, social scientists, literary and cultural studies scholars since the second half of the 20th century. The term originated in classical Greece to designate the Aegean waters binding the heart of European civilisation, but since the beginning of the overseas…

What We’re Reading This Week

Govan Dexter Brain Hanley, “The RIC was never a normal police force; commemorating it would be a travesty”, Irish Times  Jean McNicol, “The atmosphere of the Clyde”, London Review of Books   Nicolle Liu, “Hong Kong citizens head to Taiwan to celebrate a momentous vote”, Financial Times Zaib un Nisa Aziz Aaron Bastani, “Fully Automated Luxury Communism”,…

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…