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Empires and Autonomy

Moments in the History of Globalization

Globalization is one of the most significant developments of our time. But which elements of contemporary globalization and forms of autonomy are novel and which are merely continuations of long-standing trends? This book brings together a distinguished group of scholars who focus on historical moments that involved the establishment or protection of autonomy, moments that inevitably involved friction. By examining the dialectic between globalization and autonomy at historical junctures ranging from the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1720 to the meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev that led to the end of the Cold War, this volume provides novel insights into the changes overtaking our contemporary world.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction / Stephen M. Streeter, John C. Weaver, and William D. Coleman
2 Tibet and the Chinese World-Empire / Timothy Brook
3 Litigating for Freedom in the British Empire, 1815-22: The Universal and Local in Tension / John C. Weaver
4 Ottoman Military and Social Transformations, 1826-28: Engagement and Resistance in a Moment of Global Imperialism / Virginia Aksani
5 Wired Religion: Spiritualism and Telegraphic Globalization in the Nineteenth Century / Jeremy Stolow
6 The Internationalization of Capital Then and Now: The Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries / Samir Saul
7 Global Industrial Enclaves: Company Towns and Export-Processing Zones Compared, 1900-2000  / Neil White
8 Freedom of the Ether or the Electromagnetic Commons? Globality, the Public Interest, and Multilateral Radio Negotiations in the 1920s / Daniel Gorman
9 A Globalization Moment: Franklin D. Roosevelt in Casablanca (January 1943) and the Decolonization/Development Impulse / Ronald W. Pruessen
10  Paradigm Shift and the Nuremberg Trials: The Emergence of the Individual as a Subject and Object of International Law / Adrian L. Jones
11 The US-Led Globalization Project in the Third World: The Struggle for Hearts and Minds in Guatemala and Vietnam in the 1960s / Stephen M. Streeter
12 A Globalizing Moment: The United Nations' Decades for Development and the North African Countries / Yassine Essid
13 Snakes That Are Rainbows: Indigenous Worldviews and the Constitution of Autonomy / Ravi De Costa
14 Globalization and US Empire: Moments in the Forging of the Global Turn / Ulf Hedeto

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