Author: Martin Crevier

What We’re Reading This Week

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Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Winter Scene with a Bird-trap, 1601
(Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Joshua Milstein

Susan Pedersen, “I Want to Love It[Review of Richard J. Evans, Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History], LRB

Beda Magyar, “Hungary is Lost,Zeit Online

Yoav Di-Capua, “Making the Arab World: A Review [Di-Capua Reviews Fawaz Gerges],” LA Review of Books

James Parker

Mihir BoseAmritsar, 100 Years On, Remains an Atrocity Britain Cannot be Allowed to Forget,” The Guardian

Marwan Bishra, “The Art of Revolution: What Went Right in Sudan and Algeria,” Al Jazeera

Alyssa Battistoni, “States of Emergency: Imagining a Politics for an Age of Accelerated Climate Change,” The Nation

Ben Parker, “Rwanda: What Humanitarians Need to Remember 25 Years OnThe New Humanitarian

Liat Spiro

Darren Byler, “Ghost World,” Logic

Dagomar Degroot, “Did European colonisation precipitate the Little Ice Age?” Aeon 

Isra Syed, “Neoliberal Encasement Infrastructure: The Case of International Organization Sovereign Immunity,” LPE Blog

Adam Tooze, “Is this the end of the American century?” LRB

Fei-Hsien Wang, “Why the Chinese Government has blocked the nation’s most popular soap operas,” Washington Post

What We’re Reading This Week

John Gast:, American Progress, 1872 (Source: Wikipedia)

Collin Bernard

Christopher Clark, “Why should we think about the Revolutions of 1848 now?LRB

Jedediah Britton-Purdy, “Infinite Frontier: The Eternal Return of American Expansionism,” The Nation

Nan Enstad, “Debunking the Capitalist Cowboy,” The Boston Review

A. Dirk Moses, “‘White Genocide’ and the Ethics of Public Analysis,” Journal of Genocide Research

Martin Crevier

Samuel Moyn, “How to Be a Marxist,” Jacobin

Antoine Xavier-Fournier et Philippe Munch, “Robespierre, un gilet jaune?Le Devoir

Kit Gilet, “Maoism: A Global History – how China exported revolution around the world,” Post Magazine

Matthew Bowser

Erin Blakemore, “The Kashmir Conflict: How Did It Start?” National Geographic

How Has Immigration Changed Britain Since World War II?BBC iWonder

Sugam Pokharel, “60 Years After Exile, Tibetans Face a Fight for Survival in a Post-Dalai Lama World,CNN News

Sean Coughlan, “Last Survivor of US Slave Ships Discovered,BBC News

Writing the Histories of People in Motion: An Interview with Laura Madokoro

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Laura Madokoro, McGill University

The movement of people across borders, seas and deserts saturate contemporary international news headlines. Refugees are often described in legalistic and sensationalistic terms: the assumption being that the search for refuge is an exceptional and out-of-character experience that should take place within the parameters of international law. Yet the language used to speak about the movement of people has as much to do with its historical context than the actual experiences of movement and migration. Indeed, the history of migration is an ancient one, while attempts to control and rationalize the movement of people only arose with the modern state.

In Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2016) Laura Madokoro spotlights the history of migrants leaving the post-1949 People’s Republic of China for the then-British colony of Hong Kong and beyond. This movement—and the millions of people who fled China—was largely ignored, especially when compared to displaced peoples in Europe. In addition to recovering these stories, Dr. Madokoro argues that framed in the context of the Cold War they can tell us much about humanitarianism, geopolitics and the shadow of settler colonialism, from the Antipodes to North America and South Africa.

I recently met with Laura Madokoro in Montreal, where she works as a historian at McGill University. She discussed the politics of migration during the global Cold War, the revelatory nature of language when describing people in motion, and her current and future research plans. Elusive Refuge is her first book. You can follow her on twitter via @LauraMadokoro and keep an eye on the evolution of her current projects here.

–Martin Crevier…

Protectionism and Empire: An Interview with Marc-William Palen

‘Free Trade England Wants the Earth.’ Pro-Republican Judge magazine depicts US protectionism shielding the country from the British free trade spider’s grasp, 27 Oct. 1888. Source: he ‘Conspiracy’ of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle Over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846-1896 (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

The last twenty-four months have witnessed world-wide dissent against the current regime of trade liberalisation. The United States disengaged from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Britons renounced the EU, and in Tokyo, Sydney, Lima, and other cities across the Pacific Rim thousands protested a potential transpacific trade partnership. While the popularity of protectionism is not unexpected, its recent embrace by political elites everywhere is more surprising. This is particularly true of the United States, which one president ago was still steering the global economy towards freer trade.

In The ‘Conspiracy’ of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle Over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846-1896 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Marc-William Palen traces the roots of this debate to the United States in the 1840s. There began a political and ideological battle between Victorian free trade cosmopolitanism and economic nationalism which lasted the remainder of the century and beyond. Talks about tariffs dominated American political life. Through them, Palen is able to tell a much broader story. The Republican and Democratic parties were transformed in the process. Debates about trade influenced the character of American imperial and commercial expansion, as well as the contours of the Anglo-American struggle for empire and globalisation. Palen’s argument that economic nationalism dominated the period also forces us to rethink received notions of the US Gilded Age, which is usually portrayed as an era dominated by laissez-faire and free trade.

We recently met with Marc-William Palen in Bristol, where he resides. He discussed nineteenth century American political thought, the political economy of Anglo-American globalisation and empire in the Victorian Era, and his future research plans. Dr Palen is a historian at the University of Exeter. The ‘Conspiracy’ of Free Trade is his first book. You can follow him via Twitter: @MWPalen.

Martin Crevier