Congratulations to Professor John Darwin, Fellow of the British Academy, Professor of Global and Imperial History (retired) and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, who has been appointed CBE for services to the study of global history in the New Year’s Honours list for 2020.
Professor Darwin was one of the founders of the Centre for Global History and served as its Director in 2011-12 and 2014-16. He has since continued to play an active role in the development of the Centre and the global history research community more widely. His world-renowned scholarship on empires has placed them in a global context, tracing how empires exploit, adapt to, and are often disrupted by global movements. Key publications include After Tamerlane: the rise and fall of global empires, 1400-2000 (London, 2007), winner of the 2008 Wolfson Prize, and The empire project: the rise and fall of the British world-system, 1830-1970 (Cambridge, 2009).
His current research focusses on the role of the great port cities of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 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.