Research themes

Globalisation's past and present

The relationship between the history of imperialism and modern globalisation is only beginning to be explored in depth: much of our research engages with this theme. What were the globalising forces of empire? Were there aspects of imperial formations that were inherently globalising, or were they as likely to result in a patchy, episodic 'semi-globalisation', uneven in its spread? How far do the patterns and flows of globalisation today bear the trace of imperial dynamics? Exploring globalisation's past from this perspective also invites us to consider its darker side: the alliances of disparate social forces mobilised in support and in opposition to globalisation, and the new geographies of 'winners' and 'losers' that globalisation has informed. Examining these and other 'Global Uncertainties' serves to remind us of the plurality of perspectives and experiences of globalisation.