1st Edition

Overseas Economic Relations and Statehood in Europe, 1860s–1970s Shaping the World, Making the Nation

By Gerold Krozewski Copyright 2023
    438 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on official, archival, and published sources, this book explores how the formative history of the European nation-state was embedded within economic globalization and associated with conceptions of the world overseas.

    With a particular focus on France, Germany, Italy, and Britain, this research investigates how overseas relationships shaped state governance. The argument departs from conventional histories by linking together the analysis of economic relationships and political cultures, examining the ways in which state agency formed in different areas such as national economy building, the organization of overseas raw material and food supplies, labour, migration, and national identity. Spanning over a century, the book discusses the changing role of overseas colonies in European national development. Once a means to complete economic liberalization, colonies were then envisaged as tools of crisis management before, in the mid-twentieth century, complementarities in imperial-colonial economies shifted away from empire.

    This volume covers neglected aspects of the transnational history of European nation-states and is an ideal resource for students and researchers interested in the ties between Europe, Africa, and Asia, as well as connections between political, economic, and social relations and their conceptualizations.

    PART 1: Premises, concepts, arguments

    1 The overseas world and the European nation-state: An introduction

    PART 2: From interconnected regions to state formation in the globe

    2 The world as Europe’s crisis and opportunity: Economic relations, 1860s–1900s

    3 Governance for the nation’s progress: The tropics and modern European statehood, 1890s–1910s

    PART 3: Imperial statehood, modernity, and its discontents

    4 National crises and rational development: Overseas raw materials and currency relations, 1919–1939

    5 Imperial statehood as national necessity: The colonial project in the 1930s

    6 Continuities in the Second World War: Overseas support for the nation’s war

    PART 4: The liberal reordering of statehood and the world’s developmental divide

    7 European recovery and economic liberalization: From overseas complementarities to the “developing world,” 1945–1960s

    8 Empires to globalizing nation-states: (Post-)colonies and national development in Europe, 1950s–1970s

    PART 5: Conclusion, retrospection, outlook

    9 Globalization and the European nation-state: Retrospection and legacy


    Gerold Krozewski is a professor of history at Osaka University, and a research associate at the University of the Free State. His research covers topics of Europe’s imperial and colonial economic and political relations.