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Introduction: historical geographies of internationalism, 1900-1950

Hodder, Jake; Legg, Stephen; Heffernan, Mike

Authors

MIKE HEFFERNAN mike.heffernan@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Historical Geography



Abstract

This introduction to a special issue on historical geographies of internationalism begins by situating the essays that follow in relation to the on-going refugee crisis in Europe and beyond. This crisis has revealed, once again, both the challenges and the potential of internationalism as a form political consciousness and the international as a scale of political action. Recent work has sought to re-conceptualise internationalism as the most urgent scale at which governance, political activity and resistance must operate when confronting the larger environmental, economic, and strategic challenges of the twenty-first century. Although geographers have only made a modest contribution to this work, we argue that they have a significant role to play. The essays in this special issue suggest several ways in which a geographical perspective can contribute to rethinking the international: by examining spaces and sites not previously considered in internationalist histories; by considering the relationship between internationalism in the abstract and the geographical and historical specifics of its creation; and by analysing the interlocking of internationalism with other political projects. We identify, towards the end of this essay, seven ways that internationalism might be reconsidered geographically in future research: through its spatialities and temporalities, the role of newly independent states, science and research, identity politics, and with reference to its performative and visual dimensions.

Citation

Hodder, J., Legg, S., & Heffernan, M. (2015). Introduction: historical geographies of internationalism, 1900-1950. Political Geography, 49, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.09.005

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 4, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 4, 2015
Journal Political Geography
Print ISSN 0962-6298
Electronic ISSN 0962-6298
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.09.005
Keywords Historical geography, Internationalism
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/30020
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629815000785
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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