Trade, Law and the Global Order of 1919, Patricia Clavin

Thu, Mar 28, 2019, 6:30 pm
Location: 
Dickinson Hall 211
Audience: 
Princeton University faculty, staff, and students
Sponsor(s): 
Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance
Economic History Workshop, Department of History

Patricia Clavin is the Zeitlyn Fellow and Tutor in History and Professor of International History at Oxford University. In this talk she will present a paper on how the USA and the Allies used trade law to respond to the transformation of global order of the First World War. The paper explains the significance of the trade terms of peace. They combined a commitment to universal equality with robust legal discrimination benefiting the victors in ways. The tension proved vexatious for international relations and impeded efforts to liberalize trade during the era of the two world wars.

Clavin's most recent book is Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946 (Oxford, 2013) for which she received the British Academic Medal in 2015. For her efforts to promote work on the League of Nations, please see www.leagueofnationshistory.org. Clavin has published widely on the history of international relations and economic crises, and her work has been translated into Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Polish and French. Her other books include: The Great Depression in Europe, 1929-1939 (London and New York, 2000; 2nd edn. 2014); The Failure of Economic Diplomacy. Britain, France, Germany and the United States, 1931-1936 (London and New York, 1996); Modern Europe, 1789 to the Present (London and New York, 1996 and second edition 2003), which she co-authored with Asa Briggs. She also co-edited Internationalisms. A Twentieth-Century History (Cambridge, 2016) with Glenda Sluga.

Her new research project, supported by Tim Sanderson and the Calleva Foundation, uses the history of international and regional organizations to explore changing conceptions of security in the Twentieth Century. She has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, which funds a period of research until September 1918, to write a transnational and global history of European security in the Twentieth Century.

Professor Clavin studied at King's College London, obtaining a BA Hons in Modern History and her PhD. She was a Reader in Modern History at Keele University before joining Jesus College in October 2003. She is an editor of the Oxford History Monographs series, and serves on the editorial board of Past and Present. In 2008-09, she held the British Academy ‘Thank-Offering-to-Britain’ Senior Research Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.


The Economic History Workshop (EHW) is a monthly seminar series for Princeton students and faculty interested in the study of economic history. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance, the workshop provides a forum for scholars to present their findings and receive feedback on their research in a wide array of subfields, such as financial, business, labor, legal, intellectual, technological, and social history. Open to faculty, scholars, and students of Princeton University, Rutgers University, and the Institute for Advanced Study.