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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Transnational Research Group seminar: James Koranyi (History, Durham) and Bernhard Struck (St Andrews), 'Writing a Translational History of Modern Europe'

11th November 2015, 17:00, ER231, Elvet Riverside II

'Writing a transnational history of Modern Europe, 1760-2000', Dr James Koranyi (Durham) and Dr Bernhard Struck (St Andrews) 

What is a transnational history of modern Europe and how does one write such a history? This paper will introduce a book proposal (under contract with Bloomsbury) designed as an introduction to late-modern European history, c. 1760-2000. The objective of the book is threefold: first, it will provide students and scholars with an introduction to the field of transnational history, its tools, and approaches (that is, comparative history, cultural transfer, histoire croisée and shared history); second, it will present a perspective on European history that includes the nation but goes beyond the nation-state, focusing on cross-border actors (scholars, intellectuals, organisations, travellers, migrants) and exchanges; third, it will offer a particular view of Europe through the prism of its global entanglements. Thus, the starting point for research in transnational perspective is often a small-scale one, using case studies to think about broader issues. Each chapter therefore focuses on key individuals, institutions, and specific networks that have shaped the transnational character of each of the three main periods outlined in the book. This paper will introduce the main chronology of this book and explain the approach taken by introducing case studies from different periods.

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