Political and Parliamentary institutions in nations fronting the Pacific Ocean underwent fundamental (organic) changes in 1867 (Canada) and in 1889 (Japan) and 1901 (Australia). How do newly-founded nations learn from the experience of other nations; the topic is not limited to missions dispatched by Japan and China before and after the turn of the 20th century. Do divergences in the host political culture – if not outright contradictions – enable the ‘learning’ nation to avoid charges that it has ‘copied’ foreign political culture? The International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions (founded in 1936) invites scholars to propose papers to this panel; this is scheduled in conjunction with the American Historical Association's 2023 meeting in Philadelphia, PA USA from 5 to 8 January 2023. The International Commission is an AHA affiliated society. The names of presenters and the titles of their papers will appear in the AHA's print and online program. Please submit the title of your proposed essay by 25 May 2022. Consideration is being given to conducting this event as a hybrid F2F / Zoom proceeding, so scholars should not assume that attendance is mandatory.
Peter J. Aschenbrenner
National Convenor (US)