Monthly Archives: January 2015

Spring 2015 Week 4 Seminar: Natasha Wheatley: Strategic Internationalism: Mandates, Minorities, and the Problem of Non-States in Interwar International Law.

The Week 4 Modern and Contemporary History Research Seminar is by:

Natasha Wheatley (Columbia)

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Abstract: Who or what are the subjects of international law and order? Traditionally, these comprised states alone. In the interwar period, however, a broad spectrum of jurists began to challenge this view, spurred in particular by the legal innovations of the League of Nations. The League’s new oversight regimes for minority populations and mandate territories, as well as its petition procedures, suggested to some that states had lost their singular standing in international law. This paper explores the question of international legal personality as both intellectual history and as international social history: at the same time as the legal capacity of non-states was being conceptualized in law, a variety of non-state actors were already using, contesting, and elaborating the legal openings created by the League. I argue that this new area of law – encompassing both new legal subjects and the international jurisdiction that housed them – developed in interaction with the strategic internationalism of a wide array of non-state claim-makers.

All are welcome, and there will be drinks!

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Spring 2015 Week 3 Seminar: Hans van de Ven: D-Day in Asia: Japan’s Operation Ichigo in China, 1944.

The Week 3 Modern and Contemporary History Research Seminar is by:

Hans van de Ven (Cambridge)

Van de Ven.M&C.PosterAbstract: If D-Day was the defining event of 1944 in the European Theater of the War, Operation Ichigo, the largest ground operation of Japan during WWII, was so in East Asia. Unlike D-Day, Ichigo was a disaster for the Allies and a triumph for Japan. During this presentation, Hans van de Ven will analyze the reasons for the poor performance of Chinese Nationalist troops, its consequences for the rise of the Chinese Communists, and the long term impact on the history of East Asia. He will also discuss how individuals experienced the war and how intellectuals responded to it.

All are welcome, and there will be drinks.

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Spring 2015 Week 1 Seminar: Eirini Karamouzi: Crisis and Stabilisation in 1970s Greece and Southern Europe

The Week 1 Modern and Contemporary History Research Seminar is by

Dr. Eirini Karamouzi (Sheffield)

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Abstract: The collapse of authoritarianism in Greece and Portugal in 1974, Franco’s eclipse in Spain in 1975 and the rise of the Communist’s appeal in Italy in 1975-6 drastically changed the political landscape in Western Europe. The sudden democratization of Southern Europe and the short-lived uncertainty that followed, rattled not only the USA which had come to view any changes towards democratic rule as a direct threat to détente but also the EC- Nine who realized that they had to step in to safeguard democracy in Southern Europe and ensure that political change in these countries would not be exploited by the Soviet Union.The paper highlights the rise of Southern Europe as a single political concept in the eyes of both the EEC and the USA, investigating how both sides across the Atlantic dealt with the region, and especially Greece in the turbulent years from 1974 to 1976.

All are welcome for this first session of 2015, and there will be drinks.

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