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Fresh Air Interview: India’s 1947 Partition And The ‘Deadly Legacy’ That Persists To This Day

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi, who used passive resistance in the fight for Indian independence, is known worldwide as a symbol of peace. But Americans know much less about the violence that erupted when the British pulled out of India in 1947

Talking Empire: Scholars discuss Imperialism

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Hosted by Professor Richard Toye, Centre academics are developing a series of podcasts on controversies in global and imperial history, which are available to listen to for free on this page. More to come soon, so keep checking back.

Lecture: British India and the Indian Resistance

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Here is my lecture on Rise of British India and Indian Resistance

Lecture Outline:

  • Mughal Dynasty
  • British East Indian Company Rule
  • Resistance to BEIC Rule
  • The Raj
  • Raj Methods
  • Benefits of the Raj
  • Detriments of the Raj
  • Resistance to the Raj

Remebering the Boxer Rebellion

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The Boxer Uprising, 11 years before the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, was portrayed in Western accounts as a savage outburst of primitive xenophobia directed at the West and its civilising religion, Christianity. The northern Chinese peasants with their red headscarves, who believed in a magic that protected them from foreign bullets and in the power of ancient martial arts that could defeat the industrial world’s most powerful armies, were described with a mixture of fear and racist scorn. But in China the Boxers are officially remembered as somewhat misguided patriots.

Great piece on how the Boxer Rebellion is (mis)remembered in China today.

The Breakup of China and Our Interest in It

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Conclusion from The Atlantic in 1899:

“Is it for the benefit of the United States to deal with China as a vast unit under her native flag, or as fragments under many flags? That is what we have to decide…It is to be hoped that our government is silently exercising the utmost vigilance in behalf of our commercial privileges on the continent of Asia. Failure to do so might not be politically disastrous to the present administration, but posterity will not forgive nor history condone faults of omission or indifference after such warning as have already been given. Surely, no American administration would seriously contemplate the establishment of a dependency or protectorate on the mainland of China, while our interests there may be safeguarded by international control and reciprocity; but it is difficult to see how these securities can be obtained without more definite engagements on the part of our State Department than our uninformed public opinion now demands. Nevertheless, the signs of a healthy and growing interest are numerous.”

The more things change…

Here is the entire piece

One World Under God?

Friday, January 1st, 2010

For all the advances and wonders of our global era, Christians, Jews, and Muslims seem ever more locked in mortal combat. But history suggests a happier outcome for the Peoples of the Book. As technological evolution has brought communities, nations, and faiths into closer contact, it is the prophets of tolerance and love that have prospered, along with the religions they represent. Is globalization, in fact, God’s will?

Read on from The Nation

The World is Bumpy: Deglobalization and its dangers

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

In the 1990s and early 2000s, nations around the world witnessed the sweep of globalization–the growing integration of economies, societies, and political systems–and the democratization of trade, migration, technology, and information. In many developing nations, governments threw their countries’ agriculture, resources, and services open to global competition and slashed subsidies for their domestic producers to force them to compete in global markets. Many countries provided incentives for the poor to migrate from farms to cities, where they began to manufacture goods for export to the West.

Many economists believed this global integration had become so deeply rooted it could never be undone. They were wrong. As the global financial crisis deepens, the world is undergoing exactly the reverse of the 1990s–a wrenching period of deglobalization in which governments throw up new walls and the ties binding nations together rapidly unravel. Nations like the United States, Japan, and Germany may suffer, but they will survive, as will powerful developing nations like China or Brazil that have large cash reserves, diversified economies, and enough political clout to protect their industries. On the other hand, poor and trade-dependent countries that remade their whole economies to take advantage of globalization will be devastated. Having opened up, these nations are now highly vulnerable to global financial currents, without the cash on hand to weather the storm. Perhaps even worse, these financial shifts are likely to spark massive social unrest and could take down one government after the next. If you thought globalization was destabilizing, just wait to see what deglobalization will do.

More from the New Republic

Primary Source Readings on Imperialism

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Your assignment:

1. Print  the one document assigned to you.
2. Read that document demandingly, i.e. annotate: underline, highlight, take notes in the margins. Bring the demandingly read document to class. 

3. Answer the questions provided below.

  1. Jules Ferry on Colonial Expansion
  2. Dadabhai Naoroji: The Benefits of British Rule
  3. Macaulay on Empire and English Education
  4. Qian Long: Letter to George III, 1793

The four documents

Response questions to all four documents

Socratic Dialogue Questions

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Dilemmas of Modern Imperialism

Fordham’s Modern History Sourcebook on Imperialism

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Modern History Sourcebook