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Global governance and place making: India, internationalism and empire in 1930s London

Legg, Stephen



In this paper I argue that two core components of contemporary British human geography curricula (global governance and place making) can and should be taught together. I also argue that materials from the past provide valuable teaching tools in the present. As such, this paper also makes the case for historical geography. It does this through examining historical phases of what is now called globalisation. It introduces geographical perspectives on imperialism and internationalism, two variants of interwar, modern globalisation. It introduces India as a key site in British history, but argues that we can understand large scale processes like globalisation through small sites of place-making, such as international conferences. The Round Table Conference of 1930-32, during which Indian leaders came to London, is presented as an example of a space and time in which place-making and global governance came together.


Legg, S. (2019). Global governance and place making: India, internationalism and empire in 1930s London. Geography, 104(1), 4-11.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 10, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 11, 2020
Publication Date Jan 29, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 28, 2020
Journal Geography
Print ISSN 0016-7487
Electronic ISSN 2043-6564
Publisher Geographical Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 104
Issue 1
Pages 4-11
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