Age of Revolutions or World Crisis? Global Causation, Connection, and Comparison, c. 1760-1840
A conference at the Clark Library organized by David Armitage, Harvard University, and Peter Reill, UCLA
Co-sponsored by SCAS-Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
Saturday, May 17, 20089:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Williams Andrew Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 16 – Saturday, May 17
European and American historians have long seen the decades around 1800 as an “Age of Revolutions”: American, French, Caribbean, Latin American, and European. Global historians have more recently seen this same period as an era of “World Crisis” or globally “Convergent Revolutions,” from the Americas to East Asia. In the words of one leading proponent of this new characterization, “The crisis of the old order had Asian, African, and American, as well as European origins. Its consequences were also global.” This conference will bring together scholars of Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia (South, East and South-East) to tackle the question: Was Europe the catalyst of the global crisis of this era, or was it simply one site among many in which political reform, state formation, and imperial expansion explosively interacted with each other across the globe?
Registration Deadline: May 9, 2008
Registration Fees: $25 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
*Students should enclose a photocopy of their current ID with the registration form.
Fees are not refundable and apply to full or partial attendance.
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Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. No confirmation will be sent, but we will contact you if we receive your registration after we reach capacity.
Saturday, May 17
9:30 A.M. Coffee
10:00 A.M. Session 3
Chair: Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA
Joseph C. Miller, University of Virginia
The Historical Dynamics of the ‘Age of Revolutions’ in Africa
Juan Cole, University of Michigan
Hybridity and Difference in the French Republic of Egypt
Robert Travers, Cornell University
Imperial Repercussions: South Asia and the World, c. 1760-1840
1:00 P.M. Lunch
2:00 P.M. Session 4
Chair: Max Edling, Uppsala University
Peter Carey, Trinity College, Oxford University
“Times that try men's souls”: Revolutionary Europe and the Destruction of Java's Old Order, 1808-1830
Kenneth Pomeranz, University of California, Irvine
Their Own Path to Crisis? State-Building, Social Change, and the Limits of Qing Expansion, ca. 1785-1825
Sponsor(s): , Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies