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Failed Globalists: Economic Development, Decolonization, and the Demise of European Political Hegemony, 1973–2008

April 5, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Color photograph portrait of a smiling woman with curly brown hair standing outside a university building at UW-Madison wearing a white shirt and jacket and silver jewelry
Image courtesy of Giuliana Chamedes.

[Due to COVID-19, this event has been moved to a digital conferencing platform. For more information about participation, contact IRH at info@irh.wisc.edu.]

Monday Seminar:

Giuliana Chamedes

Resident Fellow (2020-2021)

Mellon-Morgridge Associate Professor of European International History, UW-Madison


My second book explains how Western Europe’s three leading political movements after World War II (Christian Democracy, socialism, and communism) sought to expand their influence both within Western Europe and in the decolonizing world through the crafting and implementation of rival economic development strategies. It investigates how these transnational movements used their economic development work to respond to the rise of the Bretton Woods economic order after World War II, and to the challenge posed to that economic order by the so-called Third World in the 1970s, as a range of countries in the Global South began calling for a New International Economic Order (NIEO) to redistribute wealth and redress imperialism’s wrongs.


Giuliana Chamedes is Mellon-Morgridge Associate Professor of European International History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her first book, A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe, came out with Harvard University Press in 2019. Her work has been published in The Journal of Contemporary History, Contemporary European History, French Politics, Culture, and Society, and in numerous edited volumes. She has received support for her research from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and the DAAD, among others.


April 5, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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