International History at the University of Trier explores the global connections and entanglements of actors and ideas from the late 18th to the late 20th centuries. We are interested in how these connections and entanglements generate transnational and translocal spaces of interaction and how these spaces in turn influence historical processes ranging from the Age of the Atlantic Revolutions to the most recent past (e.g. international terrorism). Our team consists of experts in the fields of migration history, colonial history, environmental history, and the history of international relations. Our research and teaching are based on a set of interrelated methodological and theoretical approaches. Of special importance are new methods in migration history, research perspectives from post-colonial studies, and the history of cultural transfers and entanglements.
Geographically speaking, the following areas are of chief interest to us:
- the Atlantic world with a particular emphasis on North America (the United States and Canada: colonial history, history of westward expansion, immigration, and settlement, environmental history, the history of transatlantic relations, and American foreign policy),
- the Asia-Pacific region (South and Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand: colonial history of the British Empire, American-Pacific relations after 1945),
- Colonial Africa from the Age of New Imperialism to decolonization with a special focus on transnational approaches