- Professor Korner's inaugural lecture: Unveiling Modernity. Verdi’s America and the Unification of
Italy - 3 Dec 2013
- China and Freedom of Speech - 6 March 2014
- Postwar Cosmopolitanism. Political universalism between the Seven-Years’-War and the Cold War Call for Papers - 1-2 May 2014
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.
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.
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