Internationalism and Empire: The Politics of Difference in the Portuguese Colonial Empire in Comparative Perspective (1920-1975)

Internationalism and Empire: The Politics of Difference in the Portuguese Colonial Empire in Comparative Perspective (1920-1975)

This innovative international research project aims to understand, from an historical comparative perspective, the formulation and development of the politics and policies of difference of the Portuguese colonial empire since 1919. It will also explore the ways in which the doctrines and institutional frameworks of internationalism engaged with the post-WWI imperial realignments. Following important late nineteenth-century events (e.g. the Berlin West African Conference of 1884-1885), the internationalization of imperial affairs gained momentum in the first decades of the twentieth-century, via the expansion of international and transnational debates and the multiplication of governmental and non-governmental international institutions that addressed imperial and colonial issues. This engagement with the modus operandi of European empires constrained the formulation, application and evaluation of the politics and policies of difference, that is the repertoires of colonial rule that promoted political, economic and sociocultural processes of incorporation, differentiation and exclusion deployed by the empire-states to govern colonial situations, through the institutional mechanisms and frameworks of the colonial state. Placed within a comparative framework, the Portuguese colonial empire will be studied in the light of these processes.

Estatuto: 
Proponent entity
Financed: 
Yes
Entidades: 
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Keywords: 

Internationalism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Politics of Difference

This innovative international research project aims to understand, from an historical comparative perspective, the formulation and development of the politics and policies of difference of the Portuguese colonial empire since 1919. It will also explore the ways in which the doctrines and institutional frameworks of internationalism engaged with the post-WWI imperial realignments. Following important late nineteenth-century events (e.g. the Berlin West African Conference of 1884-1885), the internationalization of imperial affairs gained momentum in the first decades of the twentieth-century, via the expansion of international and transnational debates and the multiplication of governmental and non-governmental international institutions that addressed imperial and colonial issues. This engagement with the modus operandi of European empires constrained the formulation, application and evaluation of the politics and policies of difference, that is the repertoires of colonial rule that promoted political, economic and sociocultural processes of incorporation, differentiation and exclusion deployed by the empire-states to govern colonial situations, through the institutional mechanisms and frameworks of the colonial state. Placed within a comparative framework, the Portuguese colonial empire will be studied in the light of these processes.

Objectivos: 
Offer an integrated analysis of twentieth-century internationalism and European, especially Portuguese, imperialismo.
Parceria: 
Unintegrated
Hugo Gonçalves Dores
José Pedro Monteiro
Alexander Keese
Corinna Unger
Daniel Roger Maul
Coordenador 
Start Date: 
01/06/2013
End Date: 
01/11/2015
Duração: 
29 meses
Closed