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

INQUIRY: Ideas for syllabus

Dear all, 

I am writing a syllabus for a course on the "British Empire and The Natural World". If you taught course on a similar topic, which involved environmental history / history of natural resources in the context of the British Empire, I'd love to hear about it. I am looking for readings that fit an undergraduate level seminar. 


CFP: Migration Network, Social Science History Association 2018 Meeting (Phoenix, 8-11 November 2018)

Call for Papers: Migration/Immigration Network of the Social Science History Association 
“Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics” 
Phoenix, AZ; November 8-11, 2018 
Submission Deadline: February 16, 2018
The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US; its members share a common concern for interdisciplinary approaches to historical problems.

ANN: Masters/Doctoral/Postdoctoral fellowships -- Water Law in Mandate Palestine -- Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law

This call is for a one-year or semester-long fellowship for a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow wishing to work on the history of water law in Israel/Palestine or a related topic (such as the history of water law in a related jurisdiction, the history of related areas of law in Israel/Palestine, legal transfers in the British Empire, etc.). The fellowship is part of the Israel Science Foundation-funded research project headed by Dr. David Schorr: "Private and Public Water Rights in Mandate Palestine and Early Israel".


Recent Reviews

Nicholas B. Dirks
Joan Gaughan

Gaughan on Dirks, 'Autobiography of an Archive: A Scholar's Passage to India'

Nicholas B. Dirks. Autobiography of an Archive: A Scholar's Passage to India. Cultures of History Series. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. 400 pp. $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-231-16967-7; $90.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-16966-0; $29.99 (e-book), ISBN 978-0-231-53851-0.

Reviewed by Joan Gaughan (Independent scholar)
Published on H-Empire (March, 2016)
Commissioned by Charles V. Reed

Wolfgang Reinhard, ed.
Oliver Charbonneau

Charbonneau on Reinhard, 'Empires and Encounters, 1350-1750'

Wolfgang Reinhard, ed. Empires and Encounters, 1350-1750. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2015. 1168 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-04719-8.

Reviewed by Oliver Charbonneau (University of Western Ontario)
Published on H-Empire (February, 2016)
Commissioned by Charles V. Reed

Emanuele Saccarelli, Latha Varadarajan
Matthew G. Stanard

Stanard on Saccarelli and Varadarajan, 'Imperialism Past and Present'

Emanuele Saccarelli, Latha Varadarajan. Imperialism Past and Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 202 pp. $24.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-939789-1.

Reviewed by Matthew G. Stanard (Berry College)
Published on H-Empire (December, 2015)
Commissioned by Charles V. Reed

Walter Johnson
Hilary N. Green

Green on Johnson, 'River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom'

Walter Johnson. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013. 560 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-04555-2.

Reviewed by Hilary N. Green (University of Alabama)
Published on H-Empire (November, 2015)
Commissioned by Charles V. Reed