Washington History Seminar: "The Nationalist Dilemma: A Global History of Economic Nationalism, 1776–Present"

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End: November 27, 2023
Contact: rwheatley@historians.org

Nationalism is often deemed a purely political or cultural ideology whose proponents are uninterested in the minutiae of economic policy. Marvin Suesse shows that nationalists do in fact think about the economy, and that this thinking matters once they hold power. Drawing on case studies from the American Revolution to the rise of China, he explains the varieties of economic nationalism, elucidates their origins, and analyses their effect on the development of the global economy.

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Marvin Suesse is Assistant Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and an expert in economic history and international political economy. He is the author of The Nationalist Dilemma: A Global History of Economic Nationalism, 1776-Present, published with Cambridge University Press (2023). He has previously published on the relationship between globalization and state formation in twentieth-century Africa (2023), market integration and financialization in Imperial Germany (2020) and regional integration in the former Soviet Union (2018).

Erika Rappaport
is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches courses on Modern British and imperial history, women’s and gender history, and global histories of capitalism and empire.  She received her Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University in 1993. Her most significant publications include, Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London's West End (Princeton 2000) and Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World (Princeton University Press, 2017), which won the American Historical Association’s 2018 Jerry Bentley Prize for the best book dealing with global or world-scale history. She is also the co-editor of Consuming Behaviours: Identities, Politics and Pleasure in Twentieth Century Britain (Bloomsbury 2015) and editor of A Cultural History of Shopping in the Age of Revolution and Empire (Bloomsbury 2022).  She is currently writing a book tentatively entitled Talking Points: How Public Relations Sold the End of Empire, which examines how the British public relations industry managed the process, understanding, and memories of decolonization.