Welcome to H-Empire, H-Net's network on colonial and imperial studies!

H-Empire seeks to bring together scholars and others interested in sharing resources, research and questions concerning the origin, development, working and decline of empires, rather broadly defined across academic disciplines and professional interests, chronological time periods, and geographical regions.

Recent Discussions

PUB: A Problem of Great Importance: Race, Population and Power in the British Empire, 1918-1973

I want to announce the publication of my book ‘A Problem of Great Importance’:  Population, Race and Power in the British Empire, 1918-1973 by the University of California Press.  A Problem of Great Importance explores the growing importance of demographic issues in the 20th century empire. It traces how the imperial state turned to metropolitan activists to improve its knowledge of colonial demography and design programs to influence colonial population trends.

CFP: Global Impact of Slave Trade and Slavery (Kyoto, August 2015)

Global Impact of Slave Trade and Slavery - a comparative approach


World Economic History Congress, 'Diversity in Development', Kyoto, 3-7
August 2015

Deadline abstracts 15 February 2014

Abstract (500 words) can be send to globalimpactslavery@gmail.com

Organizers: Karwan Fatah-Black, Matthias van Rossum

Co-organizers: Ulbe Bosma, Karel Davids, Henk den Heijer

Call for syllabi

A year or so ago, we asked our members to submit their list-relevant syllabi to me for the purposes of creating an H-Empire syllabi database. The disussion at that moment focused on teaching comparative empires, and a number of you generously and bravely sent along your syllabi for public consumption. When I asked the folks at H-Net about assisting me on this project, they suggested that I wait for what was then called H-Net 2.0; it will be the perfect forum for this sort of project, they promised (they were right!).

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