Photo from ‘Revolutions in the Age of Acceleration’ (Real Smart Media).

Globalizing the History of Revolutions Conference

I wanted to think about how the history of revolutions, and the many cases of revolutions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, could be connected, compared and contrasted, and to try and discover ways we could think about new approaches to the development of global history using the history of revolutions as a subject matter.

Dr Mark Jones (conference convenor)

The latest episode of the History Hub podcast series features a lecture by Professor Alan Knight (University of Oxford). The lecture, ‘Workers and Peasants, Liberals and Jacobins: The Mexican Revolution in Global Perspective‘ was the keynote at the ’2016 Globalizing the History of Revolutions Conference: Revolutions in the Age of Acceleration’.

The conference took place in University College Dublin in October 2016 and was the second conference in a series convened by Dr Mark Jones. Dr Jones is a historian of modern Germany and currently holds an Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellowship (IRC Elevate Fellowship co-funded by European Commission’s Marie Curie Actions). He is based at UCD School of History having spent two years as a visiting researcher at the Free University of Berlin.

Speaking about his inspiration for organising the series Jones said: “Like many of my colleagues here in Dublin, I wanted to try and think about ways in which we could insert Irish history into broader global contexts. I wanted to see ways in which we could think about how the history of revolutions, and the many cases of revolutions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, could be connected, compared and contrasted, and to try and discover ways we could think about new approaches to the development of global history using the history of revolutions as a subject matter that would bring both global and political history closer together….Alan Knight was asked to talk about how global approaches to the past might change our understanding of the Mexican Revolution and its place in twentieth century history”.

‘Workers and Peasants, Liberals and Jacobins: The Mexican Revolution in Global Perspective’ by Professor Alan Knight (Oxford).


About Alan Knight (keynote speaker)

Alan Knight is Emeritus Fellow at St Anthony’s College. He was Professor of the History of Latin America at the University of Oxford from 1992 to 2013. His chief interest is twentieth-century Latin American history, with a focus on Mexico, agrarian society, state-building and revolutions. He is the author of The Mexican Revolution (2 vols, Cambridge, 1986) for which he was awarded the Albert Beveridge Prize and the Bolton Prize.

His many publications include US-Mexican Relations, 1910-40 (San Diego, 1987); a chapter on Mexico in The Cambridge History of Latin America (Vol. VII, 1990); and of two volumes of a three volume general history of Mexico, Mexico: From the Beginning to the Conquest, and Mexico: The Colonial Era (Cambridge, 2002). In recognition of his work he received the Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government in 2009.

Photos from ‘Revolutions in the Age of Acceleration’ (Real Smart Media).

Revolutions in the Age of Acceleration

Globalizing the History of Revolutions was funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC Elevate & IRC New Foundations 2015) & University College Dublin (UCD Decades of Centenaries & UCD College of Arts and Humanities Funding for Research Activity).

Podcasting and photos by Real Smart Media.