In the Imperial & Global Forum, the blog of the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the History Department, University of Exeter, - http://imperialglobalexeter.com - contributors will tackle the controversies of empire and globalization, past and present. So please be sure to follow along, join in the discussion, and give us feedback on the blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
About the Centre: We are one of the largest UK research groups working on the history of modern empires and their importance for understanding the making of our contemporary world. If you go to our Centre website you will find more details about the range of staff involved, the variety of countries they study, and the work they have recently published. You will also be able to learn more of some of the major collaborative projects that are supported by the Centre, the particular colleagues who are involved in them, and the impact they are having within and beyond the academic world.
The diversity of our interests is reflected in the diversity of the research we produce, but several conceptual and methodological threads connect us together, ones we hope will make a wider contribution to rethinking and reframing imperial histories. These include:
- The relationship between globalization’s past and globalization’s present, and our argument that it is fundamental to understanding this relationship are the globalizing forces of empire
- Comparing and connecting empires, moving beyond the view of empires as quintessentially competitive and conflicting, to explore the idea of ‘co-imperialism’
- the fields of co-operation and collaboration between colonial powers that supported and sustained colonial rule
- Regions in a global context: diasporas, migration, and regions are in many ways the building blocks for global history, and here we show how by paying more attention to large scale regional configurations we can better understand the histories of imperial and nation states, and the dramatic shift from the one to the other during the twentieth century
- Histories of humanitarianism and human rights, and the importance of non-Western as well as Western perspectives upon the ways in which they became entangled with the end of empire, the Cold War and the rise of international and intergovernmental organisations
- Law and colonialism, where we examine the development of languages and systems of law in colonial contexts, and the legal processes at work in colonial states
- The value of ‘political economy’ as a prism through which we can look afresh at the motivations and modalities of imperial states, in particular the interplay between different forms of power — economic, cultural, and ideological — that are often viewed in isolation from each other
- Europe, Decolonisation, and the legacies of empire, where we seek to re-open one of the biggest questions facing the twentieth-century historian, namely the causes and consequences of the transition from the colonial to the post-colonial state