Postponed to winter term 2021/2022-"Globalization before Globalization: Historical Perspectives from Central Europe", Book Launch, Research Factory B/ORDERS IN MOTION
Online via Zoom (open to the public)
With: Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell (Global and European Studies Institute, University of Leipzig), Prof. Dr. Kira Kosnick (Viadrina), Prof. Dr. Klaus Weber (Viadrina), Dr. Jutta Wimmler (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies)
Presentation of: “Globalized Peripheries: Central Europe and the Atlantic World, 1680-1860” (Boydell Press, 2020), ed. by Jutta Wimmler & Klaus Weber.
Protests against racist police violence in the USA have spilled over into Germany, and here too there are demands to dismantle monuments of slave traders of German descent. There were in fact close links between German territories and the slave-based plantation economies of the ‘New World’. While they were less directly involved with the trade in humans as such, actors in Central Europe produced commodities to be bartered against African slaves on a large scale, processed plantation products, provided capital, etc. The research project „The Globalized Periphery“ (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG) that tackled this vital role of seemingly landlocked provinces in the development and maintenance of the transatlantic economy in the long 18th century, concluded in 2018 with an international conference. The proceedings have now been published – they illustrate that even in Europe’s heartlands, this economy was built on unfree labor, providing a basis for political and economic developments that are being felt until today – here and in the Global South.
The book launch will be held in English.