Monday, 29 February 2016
9:30 – 10:30: General introduction: What is “business” imperialism? Concepts, understanding and evolution
11:00 – 13:00: Business Imperialism in Pre-Industrial Societies
(Guillemette Crouzet, Guido Van Meersbergen (MWF), Muriam H. Davis (MWF), Muriam Haleh David (MWF))
- Focus: East India Companies, European business imperialism in India and in South Asia
- Guido Van Meersbergen. “Merchant or King? The VOC: business and Empire (1602-1795)
- Guillemette Crouzet. The East India Company in India and “its voracious appetite for land”: from economic presence to political and military conquest in the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Muriam Haleh David, “Industrialization and the civilizing mission in French Algeria"
- Arthur Weststeijn, “The VOC as Company-State: Debating Seventeenth Century Dutch Colonial Expansion”, in Itinerario. International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, 38, 2014, pp. 13-34
- Christopher A. Bayly, India and the making of Indian Society, Cambridge, CUP, 1988, Chapters 3 “The Crisis of the Indian State, 1780-1820”, p. 79-105 and 4 “The consolidation and failure of the East India’s Company State, 1818-1857”, pp. 106-136.
14:30 – 16:00: Formal and Informal Empire: Rethinking the debate on British expansion and the emergence of the “second” British Empire
(Youssef Cassis, Guillemette Crouzet)
- Focus: What drove British imperialism after the loss of the American colonies? Should the Middle East help us understand the debate between formal and informal Empire?
- For the best overview: Christopher A. Bayly, “The first age of global imperialism, c. 1760–1830”, in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol.26, issue 2, 1998, pp. 28-47.
- Ronald E. Robinson & John Gallagher, “The Imperialism of free trade”, in Economic History Review, 2nd ser., 6/1, 1953, pp.1-15.
- Peter J. Cain & A. G. Hopkins, “Gentlemanly Capitalism and British Expansion Overseas II: New Imperialism, 1850-1945, Economic History Review, NS 40, 1987, pp. 1-26.
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
9:30 – 11:00: “Oil imperialism”: oil exploration and exploitation as new means and forms of imperialism? (Guillemette Crouzet)
- Focus: Middle East, South West Persia, debating Anglo-American “consortium” oil imperialism in the 20th century
- Robert Vitalis, America’s Kingdom. Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2007, chapter one “Captive Narratives: A brief and exceptional introduction to the History of firms and states”, pp. 1-26.
- Timothy Mitchell, Carbon Democracy, Political Power in the Age of oil, “ Introduction”, p.1-11.
11:30 – 13:00: Business Imperialism in Latin America.
(Guest speaker: Prof. Peter Hertner)
- Focus : Latin America, one of the privileged examples of economic imperialism.
- D.C.M. Platt (ed.), Business Imperialism 1840-1030. An inquiry based on the British experience in Latin America Oxford University Press, 1977, “Introduction”, pp. 1-16.
- Greg Grandin: Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism, Metropolitan Books, 2006, chapter 5: “The third Conquest of Latin America”, pp.159-196.
14:30 – 16:00: Foreign Aid, Humanitarianism and Imperialism
(Emily Baughan (MWF), Youssef Cassis, Guillemette Crouzet)
- Focus: Humanitarianism and foreign aid as tools or empire building? A focus on Britain’s “new” imperial role. Towards the rise of a new “post” imperial order?
- Rob Skinner and Alan Lester, ‘Humanitarianism and empire: new research agendas’, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40:5, 2012, pp. 729-47.
- E. Baughan, ‘The Imperial War Relief Fund and the All British Appeal: Commonwealth, Conflict and Conservatism within the British Humanitarian Movement, 1920–1925’, Journalof Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40:5, 2012, pp. 845-61
- Anna Bocking-Welch, ‘Imperial Legacies and Internationalist Discourses: British Involvement in the United Nations Freedom from Hunger Campaign, 1960–70’, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40:5, 2012, pp. 879-96
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
9:30 – 11:00: Researchers’ Presentations
- Jelle Bruinsma: Business Interests and Imperialism: Britain and the United States before 1914
- Andreas Dugstadt: Business Imperialism and Natural Ressources: Sweden and Norway, 1980-1930
11:30 – 13:00: Researchers’ Presentations
- Mari Lundemo: Business Imperialism in Nazi occupied Europe: the case of Organisation Todt
Trond Tøllefsen: 'Business interests, imperial power, and the British-German Fight over Dismantling, 1944-1951
14:30 – 16:00: Epilogue: the American Empire
- Focus: the American Empire, the last Empire? The end of Nation-States and the creation of a new world order, a world of “empires”? Discussing Toni Negri’s book, Empire
- Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Empire, Cambridge (Mass.), Harvard University Press, 2001