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From Barataria to Utopia: Economic-Positivism, Scientific Governance, and Colonial Discourses of International Order, 1880-1940

Project description

The switch to scientific rule in the 20th century

The impacts of colonialism have long been under review. The EU-funded EPOSSCIGOV will examine how colonial governments in Australian Papua/New Guinea and British West Africa broke with 'humanitarian' practices of governance in the early 20th century, implementing instead 'scientific' rule, that made unrealised contributors to the rise of the concept of 'economic interests' in interwar international discourses of world order. The project will focus on the latest methodological innovations in the examination of colonial, imperial and international governance, considering each as necessarily entangled both in time and in colonial space.


Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
United Kingdom

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South East (England) Surrey, East and West Sussex Brighton and Hove
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00