This gathering of the World Economic History Congress will convene 29 July – 3rd August 2018 in historic Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The 18th World Congress is the second to be hosted in North America and marks the 50th anniversary of the previous occasion. At the Congress you are invited to consider the many ‘Waves of Globalization’ that have given rise to the varied and multi-directional connections that characterise the economic and social world we know today.
For more information about the Congress visit: http://wehc2018.org
Mechanisms of Global Empire Building in the First Global Age, edited by Amélia Polónia
and Cátia Antunes, 2017.
This book maps out the crucial mechanisms of global empire building during the Early Modern period and poses at center stage global exchanges between, across and among individuals and empires. The book focuses on instances in which individuals or groups systematically looked for ways to connect beyond the territorial and institutional limitations imposed by their respective empires. In doing so, it showcases a set of clear mechanisms of individual and collective agency. They challenged, cooperated with, or represented imperial interests, in what should be perceived as a sliding scale of individual behaviours and motivations, rather than an absolute stance run by central powers. How did people connect empires and what happened to empires as a result? How did individual and collective agency contribute to the constitution of global maritime empires during the Early Modern period?
This book will answer these questions by looking at the role individuals played in the construction of ‘informal empires’, resulting from the enactment of a multitude of self-organized networks operating world-wide, whose main goal was safeguarding their personal social and economic advantages, sometimes cooperating with formal powers, frequently regardless of (and in spite of) state intervention.
British Shipping in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars. The Untold Story of a Successful Adaptation, by Katerina Galani, Ionian University
In British shipping in the Mediterranean Katerina Galani investigates the impact of the French and Napoleonic wars on British maritime economic activity. Due to the close cooperation of the public and private sector at sea, the British adopted flexible business strategies to mitigate economic warfare and sustain shipping and trade in the Mediterranean.
The book offers a comprehensive approach by combining the study of international relations, ports, ships, business organisation, deep-sea voyages and intra-Mediterranean navigation. Katerina Galani conceptualises the Mediterranean as an economic entity and she insightfully examines, for the first time, free traders along with the chartered Levant Company. Her analysis draws upon a unique collection of British and Mediterranean sources to construct a multifaceted view of British maritime activity.