Global Commodity Frontiers in Comparative Historical Context
International Workshop, London, 9-10 December 2016

This two-day workshop was designed to explore the dynamics of frontier processes and how they relate to social, economic and ecological change in their zones of contact, with a view to developing a comparative approach to understanding the dynamics both of commodity frontiers and the historical trajectories within their frontier zones, as well as assessing new visualisation methodologies in achieving this. It was a collaboration between the Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project, through its host Institute of Latin American Studies, part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London (ILAS-SAS) and the Institute of the Americas, University College London (IA-UCL), and the international ‘Commodity Frontiers’ research initiative, organised through the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), the University of Ghent, and Harvard University.

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