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Against the World. Anti-Globalism and Mass Politics Between the World Wars

Add to calendar 2023-03-27 15:00 2023-03-27 17:00 Europe/Rome Against the World. Anti-Globalism and Mass Politics Between the World Wars Sala del Capitolo Badia Fiesolana YYYY-MM-DD


27 March 2023

15:00 - 17:00 CEST


Sala del Capitolo

Badia Fiesolana

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The EUI Interwar History Working Group and the Department of History host a book presentation by Professor Tara Zahra (University of Chicago).

At the turn of the twentieth century, many Europeans believed that globalization and internationalism were irreversible, and that they would guarantee greater peace and prosperity for everyone. Those illusions were shattered by the First World War, which ushered in two decades of anti-global retrenchment. While trade, migration, and international cooperation recovered briefly during the late 1920s, the Great Depression dealt a decisive blow.

Tara Zahra's new book explores the many consequences and legacies of that anti-global revolution. In democracies, dictatorships, empires and colonies, governments, experts, and ordinary people sought to untether themselves from the global economy. The revolt against globalization in the 1920s and 30s ignited political movements, remade the global economy and international institutions, and transformed the way millions of people traveled, ate, and lived. It also produced new models of globalization and internationalism. While the global economy ultimately recovered, many of the legacies of the first era of anti-globalism remain with us today, offering both a warning and a guide for our own anti-Global moment.

"Every story in this book is relevant and absorbing; Zahra plaits her narrative strands together with such deliberation and skill that nothing is out of place." New York Times, January 25, 2023.

Please register to get a seat in the conference room.


Francesca Parenti


Prof. Tara Zahra (University of Chicago)

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