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Internationalism, Imperialism and the Formation of the Contemporary World

The Pasts of the Present

  • Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo
  • José Pedro Monteiro


  • Encourages readers to rethink twentieth-century history by exploring the connections between internationalism and imperialism

  • Shows how twentieth-century international and imperial actors interacted with one another across institutional and spatial boundaries

  • Chapters span a range of countries and empires, from the interwar years to the post-colonial world order


Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, José Pedro Monteiro
    Pages 1-29
  3. Internationalism(s) in an Imperial World: the Interwar Years

  4. Imperialism(s) and International Institutions: the Aftermath of World War II

  5. Imperial Resiliencies in the Post-colonial World Order

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 353-365

About this book


This volume offers innovative insights into and approaches to the multiple historical intersections between distinct modalities of internationalism and imperialism during the twentieth century, across a range of contexts. Bringing together scholars from diverse theoretical, methodological and geographical backgrounds, the book explores an array of fundamental actors, institutions and processes that have decisively shaped contemporary history and the present. Among other crucial topics, it considers the expansion in the number and scope of activities of international organizations and its impact on formal and informal imperial polities, as well as the propagation of developmentalist ethos and discourses, relating them to major historical processes such as the growing institutionalization of international scrutiny in the interwar years or, later, the emerging global Cold War.


Historiography Twentieth century Interwar years Postwar years International organizations Humanitarian aid Global population American developmentalism International development World Health Organization World Labor Organization Cold War

Editors and affiliations

  • Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo
    • 1
  • José Pedro Monteiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Social StudiesUniversity of Coimbra Center for Social StudiesCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Center for Social StudiesUniversity of Coimbra Center for Social StudiesCoimbraPortugal

About the editors

Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research interests focus on the global, comparative and connected histories of imperialism, colonialism and internationalism (XIX-XX centuries). He has been working on the historical intersections between imperialism and internationalism and also on those between development and security in late colonialism.

 José Pedro Monteiro is a researcher at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. He has been working on the processes of internationalization of native labour policies and politics in the Portuguese colonial empire after World War II. He is now developing a project on the politics of citizenship and human rights in the Portuguese empire.

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