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Europe and the history of 20th century multilateralism

Research seminar

Organised by Prof. Federico RomeroProf. Glenda Sluga and Dr Roberta Biasillo (Max Weber Fellow)
Registration code: HEC-RS-COOINT-20
Tuesdays 15:10-17:00

Starts on 12 January 2021, sala degli Stemmi
Admin. Assistant: Alba Parrini

Seminar description

Throughout the 20th century, Europe was the site of multiple idealizations, projects and practical attempts at multilateral cooperation. Sometime of sub-regional range, most often with continental scope and ambition (and extra-European reach), these failed, succeeded and often built upon previous experiences to grow even more ambitious and far-reaching. They involved not only governments and state agencies but also individual thinkers, organized interests, professional networks, transnational activists.

This seminar will explore and discuss the most significant historical research on concepts, dynamics, practices and institutions of multilateral cooperation. The second half of the seminar will focus, in particular, on integration within the EC\EU. Throughout we will reflect on how to write the history of multilateralism in the twentieth century.   


12 January:The history of multilateralism, a European story?

  • Glenda Sluga, “Europe” and “Multilateralism”, chapters in Inventing an International Order (Princeton University Press, 2021, forthcoming DRAFT CHAPTERS).
  • John Gerard Ruggie, “Multilateralism: The anatomy of an institution”, in International Organization, 46, 3 (1992), pp. 561-598

19 January:The Ghosts of Past and Future, from imperial to international

  • Sebastian Conrad, “Introduction: Competing Visions of World Order: Global Moments and Movements, 1880s–1930s” in S. Conrad, and D. Sachsenmaier, Competing Visions of World Order; Global Moments and Movements, 1880s-1930s (New York: Palgrave, 2007).
  • M. Fejzul, “The Cosmopolitan historiography or twentieth century federalism”,The Historical Journal, 1-24 (2020).
  • Peo Hansen, Stefan Jonsson, Eurafrica (London: Bloomsbury 2014) chapter 2

26 January: A new International order (Special Guest Dr. Or Rosenboim, City University, London)

  • Or Rosenboim, ‘Geopolitics and Empire: Visions of Regional World Orders in the 1940s’, Modern Intellectual History, 12, 2,  August 2015, pp 353-381
  • Or Rosenboim, ‘Barbara Wootton, Friedrich Hayek and the debate on democratic federalism in the 1940s’, The International History Review, (special issue on British traditions of international thought, edited by Mark Bevir and Ian Hall, published online 2014)

2 FebruaryMultilateralism and Integration in the Interwar. (Special Guest, Dr Tommaso Milani, MWF Fellow EUI)

  • Tommaso Milani, “From Laissez-Faire to Supranational Planning: The Economic Debate within Federal Union (1938- 1945)”, European Review of History / Revue européenne d’histoire, 23:4, 2016, 664-685.
  • Patrick Pasture, “The Interwar Origins of International Labour's European Commitment (1919-1934)”, Contemporary European History, vol. 10, no. 2, 2001, pp. 221–237.

9 February: SPECIAL EVENT: Ruin and Renewal: Civilising Europe after World War II (Oxford: OUP, 2020), special guest Prof. Paul Betts, Oxford University.

  • Chapters to be distributed closer to the seminar.

16 February: Postwar Europe: Nations, Interdependence and Integration

  • “New Narratives of European Integration History”, edited by Gabriele D’Ottavio. With contributions by Martin Conway, Kiran Klaus Patel, Sandrine Kott, Gabriele Metzler, Andreas Fickers, Aline Sierp, in Contemporanea.Rivista di Storia dell’800 e del 900, XXIII, n. 1 (2020), 99-132.
  • Kiran Klaus Patel, Project Europe. A History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020) Introduction and Chapter 1
  • Mark Gilbert, “Narrating the Process. Questioning the Progressive Story of European Integration,” Journal of Common Market Studies 63, no. 3 (2008), pp. 641-62

23 February: The making of a Community. Supranationalism, intergovernmentalism and law

  • Kiran Klaus Patel, Project Europe. A History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020) chapter 6
  • Bill Davies and Morten Rasmussen, “Towards a New History of European Law”, Contemporary European History, 21-3 (2012), pp 305 318

2 March: Europe and the World

  • Ulrich Krotz, Kiran Klaus Patel and Federico Romero (eds.), Europe’s Cold War Relations the EC towards a Global Role (London: Bloomsbury, 2020)
  • Introduction + chapters by P. Ludlow, C.S. Maier and U. Krotz

9 March: A market project?

  • Aurélie Andry, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Haakon A. Ikonomou & Quentin Jouan (2019) “Rethinking European integration history in light of capitalism: the case of the long 1970s”, European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, 26:4, 553-572, DOI:10.1080/13507486.2019.1610361
  • Laurent Warlouzet, Creating a social Europe or completing the Single Market? Debates within the European Economic Community (1973–86), in Lucia Coppolaro and Lorenzo Mechi (eds.), Free Trade and Social Welfare in Europe. Explorations in the Long 20th Century (London: Routledge, 2020), pp. 109-125
  • Alessandra Bitumi, “An uplifting tale of Europe. Jacques Delors and the contradictory quest for a European Social Model in the Age of Reagan”, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 16, 3 (2018), 203-221

16 March: Roundtable on researching and writing Europe’s multilateralism

Marta Alorda, Aurelie Andry and Grace Ballor discuss the challenges and contributions of their projects



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