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Cosmopolitan Colonialists?: American Authors and the Inter-Imperial Exchange of Ideas
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History, The Hugo Valentin Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4041-6150
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper will contribute to the emerging historiographical movement of trans-imperial history through the presentation of two now-forgotten Americans who acted as important inter-imperial conduits of colonial knowledge in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Alleyne Ireland and Poultney Bigelow. Both traveled widely in European, American and Japanese colonies and wrote extensively on comparative colonial administration, bringing the world’s empires into a common framework, but Ireland wrote for an academic audience and Bigelow for a popular one. A comparative analysis of their published works, supplemented by unpublished archival materials, sheds light on the circulation of knowledge in both academic and popular channels that underpinned trans-imperial cooperation and mutual emulation. At present, existing trans-imperial historical studies have focused almost exclusively on high politics. This paper makes an important contribution to the field by expanding the research focus to how trans-imperially circulating colonial knowledge was presented to academic and popular audiences. The last of these is particularly important at a time when Europe and the United States’ colonial legacy is increasingly contested and more empirical data about the how the common citizens of imperial powers were informed about and participated in their country’s colonial expansionism is sorely needed.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Alleyne Ireland, Poultney Bigelow, colonial policy studies, trans-imperial history, popular imperialism
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History
Research subject
History; History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383084DiVA, id: diva2:1314545
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Svenska historikermötet
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Åke Wiberg Foundation, H17-0137Available from: 2019-05-09 Created: 2019-05-09 Last updated: 2019-05-09

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