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cosmopolitanism in conflict

Cosmopolitanism in Conflict. Imperial Encounters from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War

Edited by Dina Gusejnova

A new book features the results of one of the research projects based at the UCL Centre for Transnational History. Dina Gusejnova, now a lecturer at the History Department at Sheffield, has been a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the CTH and edited for Palgrave Macmillan Cosmopolitanism in Conflict. Imperial Encounters from the Seven Years' War to the Cold War. Along with Dina, who wrote two chapters for this volume, Stephen Conway and Axel Körner are among its contributors, both based in the UCL History Department.

More information is available here.

Internationale Geschichte in Theorie und Praxis

Transnational History: Identities, Structures, States, in Barbara Haider-Wilson, William D. Godsey, Wolfgang Mueller, eds. International History in Theory and Praxis

By Axel Körner

Over the past twenty-five years, some of the most exciting and innovative works of historical research have emerged in connection with debates on transnational approaches to history. International History in particular has been affected by a transnational turn, leading to a significant reorientation of themes and research questions, as well as to the identification of new historical agents impacting upon existing relations between states. As a consequence, transnational historians have carved deeply into the traditional territory of international history, while at the same time transcending the discipline’s conventional focus on connections between states. 

Read the full chapter here.

America in Italy

America in Italy: The United States in the Political Thought and Imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865 (Princeton University Press, June 2017)

By Axel Körner

Axel Körner's new book, America in Italy, will be out in June 2017 via Princeton University Press. The book investigates the influence of the American political experience on the imagination of Italian political thinkers between the late XVIII century and the 1861 Unification of Italy.

Looking at the writings of local political authors, Axel Körner illustrates how concepts borrowed from Montesquieu, Rousseau and Vico were adopted in order to evaluate what Italians discovered about America. As a result, this book provides a very compelling analysis of the ways in which Italian political thought during the Risorgimento was shaped by debates on the American Revolution and the US Constitution. 

More information is available here

Engaging with Rousseau

Engaging with Rousseau: Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press, July 2016)

Edited by Avi Lifschitz

Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been cast as a champion of the Enlightenment and a beacon of Romanticism, a father figure of radical revolutionaries and totalitarian dictators alike, an inventor of the modern notion of the self and an advocate of stern ancient republicanism. 

This book treats his writings as an enduring topic of debate, examining the diverse responses they have attracted from the Enlightenment to the present. Such notions as the general will were, for example, refracted through very different prisms during the struggle for independence in Latin America and in social conflicts in Eastern Europe, or by thinkers from Kant to contemporary political theorists. 

Beyond Rousseau’s ideas, his public image too travelled around the world. The book examines engagement with Rousseau’s works as well as with his self-fashioning: especially in turbulent times, his defiant public identity and his call for regeneration were admired or despised by intellectuals and political agents.

This book grew out of the conference hosted by UCL in April, 2012, Rousseau 300: Nature, Self and State.

More information is available here.

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America Imagined Book

America Imagined: Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America

Edited by Axel Körner, Nicola Miller and Adam Smith

Why has "America" - that is, the United States of America - become so much more than simply a place in the imagination of so many people around the world? 

In both Europe and Latin America, the United States has often been a site of multiple possible futures, a screen onto which could be projected utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares. 

Whether castigated as a threat to civilized order or championed as a promise of earthly paradise, America has invariably been treated as a cipher for modernity. 

It has functioned as an inescapable reference point for both European and Latin American societies, not only as a model of social and political organization - one to reject as much one to emulate - but also as the prime example of a society emerging from a dramatic diversity of cultural and social backgrounds.

Internationalism Reconfigured

Internationalism Reconfigured

Edited by Daniel Laqua

Internationalism Reconfigured: Transnational Ideas and Movements Between the World Wars, edited by Daniel Laqua and published by IB Tauris in 2011, is based on a workshop of the UCL Centre for Transnational History, held in May 2008: ‘Interwar Internationalism: Conceptualising Transnational Thought and Action, 1919–1939’. The contributions in this book examine the interplay between political movements, international associations and the League of Nations. The volume comes with an introduction by Patricia Clavin and features chapters by Frank Beyersdorf, Stefan Couperus, Yann Decorzant, Daniel Laqua, Helen McCarthy, Amalia Ribi, Katharina Rietzler, Marie Sandell, and Waqar Zaidi.