Charles Maier Examines Territory and Sovereignty in the Age of Globalization

On  Monday, February 7th, at the next Washington History Seminar, Charles Maier (Harvard University and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow) will discuss “Territory, Statehood, and Sovereignty from Westphalia to Globalization” as part of the jointly sponsored program of the National History Center and the Wilson Center.  The seminar will be at 4:00 pm in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Wilson Center.

Click here to see a video of his presentation.

The possession of territory or bounded political space has been crucial for the modern state, but historians and political analysts have left its properties unexamined. How have the premises and practices of territoriality changed from the seventeenth century to our own era? Seventeenth-century statesmen stressed frontiers; their eighteenth-century counterparts thought in terms of economic resources. Nineteenth-century men of progress made technology and energy central, while twentieth-century states were transfixed by geopolitical and ideological rivalries. And throughout the period, empires and nation-states incorporated different ideas of territory. But has globalization finally ushered in a post-territorial age?

Charles Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University. His most recent work is Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors (2006). His earlier books include Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany (1997) and The Unmasterable Past: History, Holocaust, and German National Identity (1988).

Reservations are requested because of limited seating.  To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103.  The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center and facilitates the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives Click for the Spring 2011 schedule and topics, as well as links to videos of past presentations. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.