The National History Center has received an additional $1.457 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its highly successful international summer seminars focusing on decolonization in the Twentieth Century. These seminars have been instrumental in creating a new international field of knowledge. This targeted study of the dissolution of the colonial empires and the lasting effects of their transformations has resulted in intensive scholarly exchange from among the participants, the leaders, and has produced a new body of scholarship devoted to the subject matter. The continued support from the Mellon Foundation sustains the historical analysis on this important subject as well as the work and careers of the young historians.
The seminars will continue to be held in Washington, D.C. in July 2011–2015 and to bring international historians at the beginning of their careers to the Library of Congress to examine the global phenomena of the collapse of the empires and colonial system.
Having just completed the fourth seminar, which ran July 5 through August 1st, Roger Louis, founding director of the Center and leader of the decolonization seminars, stated “The renewal of Mellon Foundation grant is an exhilarating vote of confidence for those who have worked very hard over the last four years to make the decolonization seminar a success, above all the seminar participants themselves. The National History Center is proud to have helped the research and writing of young historians working in an emerging field of historical knowledge.”