Book Spotlight: “Nordics in Motion: Transimperial Mobilities and Global Experiences of Nordic Colonialism, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 51/ 3, (2023)”

This special issue on Nordic transimperial careers and experiences investigates Nordic people operating in the world of empires ranging from Southeast Asia to Africa, and from Europe to the Caribbean and North America.[1] It focuses on border-crossing individuals, addressing inter-imperial questions of race, otherness, and the civilizing mission, and tying into existing networks, while seeking to create new ones. Nordics … Read More

Book Spotlight “Creolizing the Modern: Transylvania across Empires, Ithaca 2022”

Born in 1885 into a modest Romanian-speaking family in Transylvania, Liviu Rebreanu needed to learn both Hungarian and German to acquire a basic education in what was then the Kingdom of Hungary, and part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After getting higher education, he also learned the “foreign languages” taught through the imperial school system. To become a Romanian-language writer, he … Read More

Transimperial Guess-Work: British and French Systems of Knowledge Sharing against Transimperial Immigrants

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Consider the following two accounts. Both are separate incidents and refer to different immigrants, but each involves correspondence and intelligence-sharing practices regarding transimperial migrants—individuals who moved across the frontiers of empires—between British and French imperial authorities in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa during the 1930s and 1940s. The first account involves the aftermath of an arrest made by Palestine … Read More