Professor John Darwin



My current research is into the role of the great port cities of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (including Montreal, New Orleans, Capetown, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong) in shaping the growth not only of a new global economy, but also of the exchange of ideas and the different visions of modernity that accompanied the earlier phases of globalisation.


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  • The Geopolitics of Decolonisation

  • Unfinished Empire

  • Exits and Colonial Administrations

  • Orphans of Empire

  • Empire and Ethnicity