‘Britain’s Pacific Relations’
Fri, January 24, 2014 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Michael Anderson (Government)
In the twentieth century, developments both within and outside of the empire forced Britain to reconsider its place in the world. In the Pacific region, anti-colonial nationalism, the rise of American power, and the Cold War converged in dynamic and unexpected ways. Nowhere was this more evident than in the proceedings of the Institute of Pacific Relations (1925-1960), an early non-governmental organization dedicated to the improvement of mutual relations among the peoples of the region. The interplay among Asian, North American, and European delegates provides a parallel international history to the traditional account of these years, and offers unique insight into British efforts to recast their post-imperial role as an essential linchpin between East and West.
Michael Anderson directs the International Relations and Global Studies major at UT, where he also serves as the faculty director of the UT in Paris study-abroad program. His research interests include trans-Pacific intellectual networks and unofficial diplomacy in the twentieth century. The recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, he earned his Ph.D. in History from UT in 2009. He is presently writing a book on the political and economic foundations of global studies.