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June 1-4, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC, William and Ida Friday Center

"Globalization, Empire, and Imperialism in Historical Perspective" 

In recent years globalization has received a huge amount of attention. The media are replete these days with references to empire, imperialism, neo-imperialism, etc. If much of the work on these topics is vaporous—“globaloney,” as Paul Krugman (recycling a phrase originating with Clare Booth Luce) puts it—an increasing proportion is sufficiently serious so as to command the interest of scholars. Nonetheless, it must be pointed out that even the best of the recent work often suffers from a lack of historical perspective. Clearly, the time seems right for systematic scholarly examination and analysis of these concepts qua concepts and of specific historical episodes/manifestations of globalization, empire, and imperialism across space and time. 

With the above in mind the Historical Society is pleased to announce that the organizing theme for its 5th conference, will be “Globalization, Empire, and Imperialism in Historical Perspective.” The conference will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and hosted by the University of North Carolina. We envision a meeting in which historians across fields come together to deepen and enrich the state of knowledge about these vital concerns. Although we suffer no delusions about the degree of influence scholars typically have on contemporary policy debates, we are hopeful that the addition of historical context may lessen to some small extent the level of ignorance, if not partisanship characteristic of the same. 

Program Committee: 
Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chair 
Lauren Benton, New York University 
John Richards, Duke University 




Session IA     American Imperialism

Moderator: Glenn Blackburn, University of Virginia-Wise

Ian R. Dowbiggin, University of Prince Edward Island 
“Reproductive Imperialism: Sterilization and Foreign Aid in the Cold War” 

Michael G. Carew, Baruch College
“Globalization, Empire, and Imperialism in Historical Perspective: The Dilemma of American Economic Imperialism, 1929-1945”

Session IB     Globalization and Public Health

Moderator: Martin Burke, Lehman College, CUNY

Charles L. Geshekter, California State University, Chico 
“The Globalization of AIDS: On Using History to Critique Fundamentalism in Public Health”

Paul Rhode, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Alan Olmstead, University of California-Davis
“Biological Globalization”


Session IIA     Empire, Britain, and America

Moderator: Marc Trachtenberg, UCLA

Lauren Benton, New York University
"Dominium, in Pieces: On English Imperial Geographies"

David Cannadine, The Institute of Historical Research, University of London
“Dominion, Past and Present: Empire, Britain, and America Revisited”

Session IIB     Christianity, Globalization, and Imperialism 

Moderator: Randall Stephens, The Historical Society

David J. Bobb, Hillsdale College
“Humility, Compassion, and Prayer: Augustine’s Radical Critique of Imperial Rule”

Paul Shore, Saint Louis University 
“Jesuits in Eastern Europe and the Greco-Catholic Churches: Imperialism or the Union of Brethren?”

5:30-6:30pm     Reception
Sponsored by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an anonymous donor on behalf of Cambridge University Press


Christopher Lasch Lecture

Moderator: Lauren Benton, New York University

Linda Colley, Princeton University
“Biography across Boundaries: Global History, Imperial History, and Elizabeth Marsh”


Session IA     Internal Imperialism in the United States 

Moderator: Donald Avery, Harford Community College

T.J.  Olson, University of London
“Expanded Homesteading and the U.S. Civil War: A Case of Domestic Imperialism”

Paul Quigley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“The Particular and the Universal in Antebellum American Nationalism: The View from the South” 

Session IB     The British Empire 

Moderator: Chris Beneke, Bentley College

Jay R. Mandle, Colgate University
“British Rule in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean”

Ralph Menning, University of Toledo
“‘Not Often in a Giving Mood’: The Foreign Office and the Politics of Imperial Barter, 1905-1910”

Antoine Mioche, University of Versailles 
“Spreading Liberty without Democracy: The Extension of the Rule of Law in the British Empire”


Session IIA     Representations of Empire

Moderator: Martin Arbagi, Wright State University

Patrice Ballester, University of Toulouse-Le Mirail
“The Landscape of World Fairs and International Exhibitions in the Occident, 19th, 20th, 21st Centuries: Foundation, Mirror, and Psyche of Globalization/Imperialism?”

Daniel Skinner, CUNY Graduate Center
“From Athens to Baghdad: Imperialism and Its Rhetorical Artifice of Need”

Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Celebrating Empire: Ancient Rome and the London Tube”

Session IIB     Warfare, Past and Future

Moderator: Marc Stern, Bentley College

William Caferro, Vanderbilt University 
“War and the Debate over the Renaissance Economy”

Philip Hoffman, California Institute of Technology 
“Why Is It That Europeans Ended Up Conquering the Rest of the Globe? The Origins of Western Europe’s Comparative Advantage in Violence” 

Mark Moyar, Marine Corps University
“Military History in the 21st Century”

Session IIC     The Circulation of Goods and Ideas

Moderator: Scott Marler, Rice University

Heather N. McMahon, University of Virginia
“A Modern Media Movement: The Arts and Crafts Movement as an International Trend Carried through Print Media”

Bryant Simon, Temple University
“The Flat World Up Close: Starbucks, Cultural Exchange, and Everyday Cultural Capital”

Martin V. Woessner, The City University of New York
“Coca-Cola for Camus, Hi-Fis for Heidegger: American Intellectualand Cultural History in the Age of Globalization”

11:45-1:45pm     Lunch


National Endowment for the Humanities: Funding Opportunities for Projects in
Michael Poliakoff, Director, Division of Education Programs


Session IIIA     The Beginnings of Empire

Moderator: Kimberly Kagan, Yale University

Pamela K. Crossley, Dartmouth College
“Qing Imperial Beginnings”

Arthur M. Eckstein, University of Maryland
“From Informal Collaboration to Formal Administration: The Character of Rome’s Empire under the Middle Republic (338-146 B.C.)”

Kimberly Kagan, Yale University 
“From State to Empire”

Frank Ninkovich, St. John’s University 
“Imperialism, Globalism, and Empire in U.S. Foreign Relations”

Session IIIB     Definitions of Empire

Moderator: Ted DeLaney, Washington and Lee University

Patrick A. Cavaliere, University of New Brunswick 
“Race, Imperialism, and Empire in Fascist Italy: The Jewish Question Revisited”

Linda S. Frey, University of Montana and Marsha L. Frey, Kansas State University 
“The Rhetoric of Fraternity, the Reality of Conquest: The French Revolutionary Empire”

John M. Headley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Of Empire and Its Corollary Civilization (1500-1800)”


Session IVA     British Imperial Thought

Moderator: Joseph Lucas, The Historical Society

C. Brad Faught, Tyndale University College 
“An Imperial Iconoclast: W.E.Gladstone, the Rights of Small States and Beleagured Peoples, and the Roots of Modern Internationalism”

Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs, University of Florida 
“‘Stretched Even to the Ends of the Earth’: Fraternalism, Imperialism, and Globalization”

Timo  Särkkä, University of Jyvaskyla 
“J.A. Hobson’s Paradigm of Imperialism: British Liberal Attitudes to the South African War (1899-1902)” 

Session IVB     Economics and Public Policy

Moderator: David L. Carlton, Vanderbilt University

Andrew A. Keeling, University of California, Berkeley
“Transport Capacity Management and Transatlantic Migration, 1900-1914”

Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Atlantic World or Atlantic/World: (Re) Covering Ideas Regarding the History of the Period 1500-1800 C.E.”

5:15-6:30pm     PLENARY SESSION

Moderator: Eric Arnesen, University of Illinois at Chicago

Joseph C. Miller, University of Virginia
“Moving on to Multiplicity: An Africanist's Reflections on the Singularities of ‘History’ as We Have Known It”

8:00pm     Performance: Shakespeare Goes Global


Session IA     Globalization: Its Origins and Progress

Moderator: Donald Yerxa, Editor, Historically Speaking

Dennis O. Flynn, University of the Pacific
“Born Again: Modern Globalization’s 16th-Century Origins”

Carl  Pletsch, University of New Haven 
“Is ‘Globalization’ the Vaunted ‘New World Order’?”

Robbie Robertson, University of the South Pacific
“The Quiet Revolution: Globalization, Imperialism, and Development” 

Session IB     Moderate Conservatism in the Postwar Period: Britain, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.

Moderator: Douglas Forsyth, Bowling Green State University

Roy P. Domenico, University of Scranton
“A Christian Alternative: Catholic Cultural Politics in Italy, 1948-1962”

Maria  Mitchell, Franklin & Marshall College
“Moderate Conservatism in the Federal Republic: The Christian Democratic Union”

David Stebenne, Ohio State University 
“The American ‘Middle Way’: Moderate Conservatism in the Postwar Period”


Session IIA    Rethinking Globalization 

Moderator: Darryl Hart, Director of Partnered Programs, ISI

Teresa Miriam Van Hoy, University of Houston 
“One Century of Guano History, 1863-1963” 

John Marriott, University of East London
“Imperial Modernity as Globalization: London and Calcutta in the 19th Century”

Session IIB     National Politics in a Global Era

Moderator: Jeffrey Vanke, Independent Scholar

Richard  Gilman-Opalsky, New School University
“Narrowing the Focus, Role, and Understanding of Political Public Spheres to a National Framework: An Historical and Theoretical Account”

Robert E. Herzstein, University of South Carolina, Columbia
“Alfred Kohlberg: Counter-Subversion in the Global Struggle against Communism, 1944-1960” 

Timothy N. Thurber, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Goldwaterism Triumphant?: Race and the Debate Among Republicans over the Direction of the GOP, 1964-1968”

Session IIC     Asia, Industrialization, and Foreign Capital

Moderator: Richard J. Grace, Providence College

Richard J. Grace, Providence College
“Can a Drug Dealer Also Be a Nice Guy?”

Amar J. Nayak, Xavier Institute of Management
“Globalization of Foreign Direct Investment in India, 1900-2000”

Debin Ma, London School of Economics
“Modern Economic Growth in the Lower Yangzi in 1911-1937: A Quantitative, Historical, and Institutional Analysis”

12:15-1:45pm    Lunch


Session IIIA     America and Globalization 

Moderator: Pete Banner-Haley, Colgate University

Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Louis Kyriakoudes, University of Southern Mississippi
“Selling Which South? Development Strategy and Economic Change in the Era of Globalization, North Carolina, 1950-2000”

Michael Dennis, Acadia University 
“All in the Name of Global Competition: Americans and the Rage for Downsizing”

Session IIIB     National Identities 

Moderator: Joyce Malcolm, NEH/Bentley College

Sam W. Haynes, University of Texas, Arlington 
“‘Conflicting Sensations’ and the National Sense of Self: Anti-British Sentiment in the Early Republic” 

Peter Klassen, California State University, Fresno
“Poland, Pioneer of Freedom in Early Modern Europe”

Thomas A. Schwartz, Vanderbilt University
“Alliance, Empire, or Something In-Between: Henry Kissinger and the American Role in Europe”


Session IVA    America's Missionary Impulse

Moderator: John Wilson, Editor, Books and Culture

Glenn T Mitoma, Independent Scholar 
“American Empire and the Globalization of Human Rights: The Cases of Charles H. Malik and Carlos P. Romulo”

Thomas F. O’Brien, University of Houston 
“The American Mission of Globalization”

Session IVB     Empires in Asia 

Moderator: David M. Gordon, CUNY Graduate Center

David M. Gordon, CUNY Graduate Center 
“Inching Toward Globalization: France, China, and Southeast Asia, 1940-1950” 

Spencer A. Leonard, University of Chicago 
“A Fit of Absence of Mind? Ideology and Interest in the East India Company’s Conquest of Bengal”

Caroline Hui-yu Ts’ai, Academia Sinica
“Colonial Governance in Taiwan under Japanese Rule, 1895-1945: With Specific Notes on Wartime Taiwan in Modern Japan’s Empire-Making”

5:15-6:30pm     PLENARY SESSION

Moderator: Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Deepak Lal, UCLA
“Empires and Order” 

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