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Harry Stopes

Harry Stopes


Koserstraße 20
Raum A360
14195 Berlin


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Harry Stopes received his Ph.D. in history from University College London with a dissertation on 'Provincial Modernity: Manchester and Lille in Transnational Perspective, 1860 – 1914' supervised by Axel Körner. He has taught modern European history at University College London, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, and the University of Westminster. Broadly speaking, his research interests lie in nineteenth and twentieth century Europe and its global entanglements. He also writes occasionally for publications including the London Review of Books and the Guardian.

Understanding globalization outside 'global cities': European Provincial Cities in the First Globalization, 1880-1914

The objective of this project is to study the effects and meanings of the 'first globalization' of the turn of the twentieth century in three provincial European cities. The project aims to connect globalization, generally studied by historians at the global scale, with histories of specific places. The central question of the project will be, 'how did the globe come to be a meaningful concept in the lives of people living in cities other than the most prominent global capitals, and what did they understand globalization to mean to them?'

By linking globalization with the histories of three provincial cities, the project grapples with what Frederick Cooper has termed 'the lumpiness of crossborder connections.' Rather than operate either at the global or local scale, aloft of developments on the ground or oblivious to the larger picture, the project brings these two perspectives together. It will ask how people in provincial cities understood globalization to function, what phenomena they identified with its operation, and what meanings they attached to it. It will identify what social, cultural and economic activities they associated with globalization's advance, and how they understood the effects of globalization to take shape in their daily lives and the space of the city itself.

'From Manchester and Lille to the World: Nineteenth century provincial cities conceptualise their place in the global order', in Ulrich Tiedau, Tessa Hauswedell (eds.), Re-Mapping Centre and Periphery: Asymmetrical Encounters in European and Global Context, UCL Press, (2019)

‘”Lydéric, sauveur de Flandres”: décentralisation théâtrale and the local politics of the opera in Lille, 1881-1896’, French History, 32, 3 (2018)

'How do 11 people go to jail for one murder?', The Guardian, 9th March 2018

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