University of Arizona Professor of History Douglas Weiner will conclude with Part 4 his “Seeds of Globalization” lecture series at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 28) with “Creating the Third World” in the making of the modern world.
Weiner’s “Third World” lecture will focus on how Britain and other mostly European colonial powers gave a strong shove to the underdevelopment of China and India during the 19th Century.
Among the factors Weiner examines are the Opium Wars, British colonial financial and tariff policies, and the millennial-scale El Niño weather disturbances of the 1870s-early 1900s, which also greatly furthered the seizure of African and other territories by European powers and Japan. Weiner concludes with a look at the future of globalization in the 21st Century.
A graduate of New York’s Columbia University, Weiner has been a Professor of History at the University of Arizona since 1988. He is the former president of the American Society for Environmental History. He has taught and studied Russian and Soviet history and environmental history. Among his publications are “Models of Nature: Ecology, Conservation and Cultural Revolution in Soviet Russia” and “A Little Corner of Freedom: Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev.”
Written by George Scholz, Academy Village Volunteer