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Gendering Universalisms in International History

  • Gendered critiques by historians and feminist international relations scholars have been animating international history for a good thirty years by complicating the supposedly binary relationships between states and societies, private and public, and local and international that traditionally structured the discipline. In this essay we would like to ask what a sensitivity to gender might add to international histories that are shifting their focus away from intergovernmental relations towards a reassessment of internationalisms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through studies of transnational social movements, international organizations and norms, or practices of global governance. We are especially interested in how gender might contribute to a major emerging theme of international history today: the history of internationalism and international organizations as a struggle between competing or converging universalisms – ‘imperial and anticolonial, “Eastern” and “Western”, old and new’ – that sought to speak in the name of all humanity, rather than as the triumph of an international order imposed by the “West” on the rest.

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Author:Celia Donert, Janou Glencross
Parent Title (English):Zeithistorische Forschungen – Studies in Contemporary History
Publisher:ZZF – Centre for Contemporary History: Zeithistorische Forschungen
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Journal Article
Date of Publication (online):2011/10/13
Date of first Publication:2011/10/13
Release Date:2019/09/11
Volume Number:8
First Page:451
Last Page:456
ZZF Chronological-Classification:20. Jahrhundert
ZZF Topic-Classification:Geschlecht
Transnationale Geschichte
Gender Studies
Global History
Internationale Organisationen
Internationale Beziehungen
ZZF Regional-Classification:regional übergreifend
Portal:Zeithistorische Forschungen
Zeithistorische Forschungen: Originalbeiträge:3 / 2011 Internationale Ordnungen und neue Universalismen im 20. Jahrhundert
Licence (German):License LogoZZF - Clio Lizenz