Assistant Professor, Institute of Scandinavian Studies, University of Gdańsk & CES Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
October 31, 2018
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
In 1918 Poland regained its independence after 123 years of foreign rule. Soon after, it faced a host of economic, political and social problems. In this context, plans of active presence on the Baltic Sea appeared, as an extension of the maritime program of overseas and colonial expansion. They manifested themselves especially by founding an organization called the Maritime and Colonial League. Although the project was not successful, an imperial space of expectations emerged based on circulation of ideas. This presentation will discuss these ideas, and it will argue that the system of European colonialism affected the nations that were both directly and indirectly involved in overseas expansion.