By expanding the geographical scope of the history of violence and war, this
volume challenges both Western and state-centric narratives of the decline of
violence and its relationship to modernity. It highlights instead similarities
across early modernity in terms of representations, legitimations, applications
of, and motivations for violence. It seeks to integrate methodologies of the
study of violence into the history of war, thereby extending the historical
significance of both fields of research. Thirteen case studies outline the
myriad ways in which large-scale violence was understood and used by states and
non-state actors throughout the early modern period across Africa, Asia, the
Americas, the Atlantic, and Europe, demonstrating that it was far more complex
than would be suggested by simple narratives of conquest and resistance.
Moreover, key features of imperial violence apply equally to large-scale
violence within societies. As the authors argue, violence was a continuum,
ranging from small-scale, local actions to full-blown war. The latter was
privileged legally and increasingly associated with states during early
modernity, but its legitimacy was frequently contested and many of its violent
forms, such as raiding and destruction of buildings and crops, could be found in
activities not officially classed as war.
With the help of the Jesuits, the Qianlong emperor (often said to be Chinas Sun
King in the long eighteenth century) built European palaces in the Garden of
Perfect Brightness and commissioned a set of twenty images engraved on copper in
Paris. The Second Anglo-Chinese Opium War in 1860 not only saw the destruction
of the Garden, but also of the images, of which there are only a few left in the
world. The John Rylands set contains a coloured image which raises even more
questions about the construction of the palaces and the after-life of the
images. How did it travel from Paris to Bejing, and from Belgium to the John
Rylands Library? This article probes the fascinating history of this image. It
highlights the importance of Europeans in the making of Chinese history and
calls for studies of China in Europe.
enslavement are but two means through which Europeans made themselves the protagonists of globalhistory. Europeans then rewrote their history, erasing the mass human suffering they had caused,
promoting instead tales of white European innocence ( Wekker,
2016 ), superiority and exceptionalism. In its destruction of life, coloniality might be
considered anti-humanitarian, and yet it is characteristic of the liberal humanitarianism whose
end we now (prematurely) are invited to mourn.
For over two decades, I have been struggling to make sense of
A Model for Historical Reflection in the Humanitarian Sector
Kevin O’Sullivan and Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair
of the twenty-first century, typified by the
Overseas Development Institute’s five-year ‘GlobalHistory of Modern
Humanitarian Action’ project (2011–15), Médecins sans
Frontières’ Speaking Out initiative ( Médecins sans Frontières,
n.d. ), its recently released associative history ( Médecins sans Frontières, 2018 ) and the 2015
conference on the fundamental principles in ‘a critical historical
perspective’, hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross
Frédéric Le Marcis, Luisa Enria, Sharon Abramowitz, Almudena-Mari Saez, and Sylvain Landry B. Faye
and instability, weak health sectors and economies and an eroded social contract set
the foundations for the crisis of 2014.
The place of these countries in globalhistory and contemporary dependencies was
re-inscribed in the nature of the response. Under the PHEIC (Public Health Emergency
of International Concern) declared by the World Health Assembly on 8 August 2014, it
was conducted through a joint partnership between the international community and
While most of the Germans who suffered expulsion during the First World War lived within British shores, the Royal Navy brought Germans from throughout the world to face incarceration in the their network of camp. This book offers a new interpretation of global migration from the early nineteenth until the early twentieth century. It examines the elite German migrants who progressed to India, especially missionaries, scholars and scientists, businessmen and travellers. The book investigates the reasons for the migration of Germans to India. An examination of the realities of German existence in India follows. It then examines the complex identities of the Germans in India in the century before the First World War. The role of the role of racism, orientalism and Christianity is discussed. The stereotypes that emerged from travelogues include: an admiration of Indian landscapes; contempt for Hinduism; criticism of the plight of women; and repulsion at cityscapes. The book moves to focus upon the transformation which took place as a result of this conflict, mirroring the plight of Germans in other parts of the world. The marginalisation which took place in 1920 closely mirrored the plight of the German communities throughout the British Empire. The unique aspect of the experience in India consisted of the birth of a national identity. Finally, the book places the experience of the Germans in India into four contexts: the global history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; German history; history of the British Empire in India; and Indian history.
This book is about the end of the British Empire in the Middle East. It offers new insights into how the relationship between Britain and the Gulf rulers that was nurtured at the height of the British Empire affected the structure of international society as it remains in place today. Over the last four decades, the Persian Gulf region has gone through oil shocks, wars and political changes; however, the basic entities of the southern Gulf states have remained largely in place. How did this resilient system come about for such seemingly contested societies? The eventual emergence of the smaller but prosperous members such as Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates was not at all evident until 1971. Until then, nine separate states had stood in parallel to each other under British influence. At various points, plans were discussed to amalgamate the nine into one, two, three or even four separate entities. What, then, drove the formation of the three new states we see today? Drawing on extensive multi-archival research in the British, American and Gulf archives, this book illuminates a series of negotiations between British diplomats and the Gulf rulers that inadvertently led the three states to take their current shape. The story addresses the crucial issue of self-determination versus ‘better together’, a dilemma pertinent not only to students and scholars of the British Empire or the Middle East but also to those interested in the transformation of the modern world more broadly.
Accounting is about ‘how much’ and is usually assumed to be about money. It is viewed as a financial technology related to the administration of finances, costing, and the calculation of efficiency. But this book suggests a broader understanding of accounting, linking related perspectives and lines of research that have so far remained surprisingly unconnected: as a set of calculative practices and paper technologies that turn countable objects into manageable units, figures, and numbers that enable subsequent practices of reckoning, calculating, valuing, controlling, justifying, communicating, or researching and that generate and appear in account- or casebooks, ledgers, lists, or tables. And Accounting for Health involves both money and medicine and raises moral issues, given that making a living from medical treatment has ethical ramifications. Profiting from the ‘pain and suffering of other people’ was as problematic in 1500 as it is in today’s debates about the economisation of medicine and the admissibility of for-profit hospitals. In current debates about economisation of medicine, it is hardly noticed that some versions of these patterns and problems has been with health and medicine for centuries – not only in the modern sense of economic efficiency, but also in a traditional sense of good medical practice and medical accountability. Spanning a period of five centuries (1500–2011) and various institutional settings of countries in the Western world, Accounting for Health investigates how calculative practices have affected everyday medical knowing, how these practices changed over time, and what effects these changes have had on medicine and medical knowledge.
current historical preoccupations? Historical attention to globalization comes in a variety of forms. Globalization in historical thinking, at least as measured by use of the word in book titles, dates to the 1990s, though the term ‘globalization’ was used from the 1960s or 1970s. 5 ‘World history’, often used synonymously with globalhistory (and various other terms), ‘has never been a clear signifier with a stable referent.’ Jerry Bentley went on to describe the development of world history from origin myths located in a larger universe, to attempts to discover
-cultural encounters the
search for curative or prophylactic medicine in changing circumstances
is a recurring theme. The long nineteenth century, the era of
modernisation, colonial empires and rapidly intensifying mobilities,
increasingly witnessed cross-cultural medical encounters and movements
of medicines, medical ideas, practitioners and patients. This book
discusses this globalhistory from the particular