The H-Decol network provides a forum in which the end of European, American and Asian empires and the rise of independent nation-states, principally, but not exclusively, in the long twentieth century, can be understood holistically, across the boundaries drawn by particular bilateral metropole-colony relations. H-Decol explores the nexus of power, strategy and identity that carved overseas empires into the nation-states that make up the modern atlas. Above all, H-Decol seeks to encourage scholarly discussion and debate across academic disciplines on the course of imperial retrenchment, and the broader cultural, economic, political and ideological imprint left by decolonization on both the 'colonizer' and the 'colonized'.

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Defining Anti-Colonialism

Dear Colleagues,

I'm looking for definitions of anti-colonialism, in either primary or secondary material.  I haven't been able to find much, which suggests that many users of this and related terms have regarded them as self-explanatory.

My current research, on India and Mandate Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s, suggests that defining who was "anti-colonial" and who was benefitting from colonialism, far from being self-explanatory, was actually somewhat complicated and depended on one's perspective.

CFP When the nation is not enough. Democratic rights on the global stage, 1870-1970, Leiden, The Netherlands 14-16 January 2016

Democratic rights are often conceived of, and have developed, in national frameworks. However, not all groups within the nation state have always felt they could stake their claims sufficiently on the national stage. In order to make their claims heard and increase their legitimacy they appealed to the international stage, a phenomenon that Keck and Sikkink call the boomerang effect. This workshop aims to contribute to this literature by investigating the connections between scales of mobilisation.