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Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations (UPIER)

The main objective of UPIER is to build an understanding of how both policy-makers and market actors use the past as a foundation for their decisions, how they create and discriminate among different interpretations of the past to fit their preconceptions and how they are conditioned by the experiences of their predecessors. Through archival research and case studies we seek to trace the intergenerational transfer of interpretations of the past and how it is used within a range of European institutions. The project will break new ground for our understanding of how the past is used in the context of international economic relations, particularly at times of crisis and refresh the research agenda in economic history in the European Research Area.


The Reluctant Internationalists: A History of Public Health and International Organisations, Movements and Experts in Twentieth Century Europe

The Reluctant Internationalists project inspects the history of international collaboration and ambitions of medical professionals, politicians, generals, diplomats and policy-makers in twentieth century Europe. This four-year project, funded by Jessica Reinisch’s Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and hosted by Birkbeck College, University of London, examines the origins of such policies, consequences and lasting legacies. Research strands include studies of the international entanglements of experts from Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, Hungary, and Franco Spain.

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1989 after 1989: Rethinking the Fall of State Socialism in Global Perspective

1989 after 1989 is a five-year Leverhulme Trust-funded research (2014-18) project based at the University of Exeter. It aims to connect and reconsider the decline, collapse and transformation of state socialism in the Soviet Union, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe to broader global processes through the exploration of a range of topics such as: the post-socialist transformation of cities; the ‘Fall’ and human rights; criminal justice and the production of history across regional transitions; entangled histories of neo-liberalism and privatisation; and the global impact of Yugoslavia’s collapse