The College of Liberal Arts at Temple University

India and the World from the Great War to the Cold War


 The Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy and the New India Forum at Temple invite you to a workshop on the international and transnational dimensions of Indian history in the twentieth century world.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009


1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Temple University

9th Floor, Gladfelter Hall

Russell F. Weigley Room

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Order of Presentations






Opening Remarks:

Dr. Frank Costigliola

President, Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Department of History, University of Connecticut


Dr. Daud Ali

Chair, South Asian Studies Department, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. David C. Engerman

Department of History, Brandeis University


Benjamin Zachariah, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany

Carolien Stolte, University of Leiden, Netherlands

Franziska Roy, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Ali Raza, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Michele Louro, Temple University United States






Workshop Focus



Historical studies of colonial and postcolonial India have largely focused on local, community, and national narratives, while few scholars expand the frames of analysis to incorporate the international, transnational, and global dimensions of Indian history. This workshop is based on the work of scholars who are tracing international and transnational connections in Indian history in the 20th century, particularly during the decades between the Great War and Cold War. This includes people as well as ideas on the move. The travels, writings, and political activities of large numbers of Indians and Indian exiles, elite as well as non-elite, had an impact on the political, social and mental horizons of the twentieth century world.  Central to the papers and discussion is the questioning of the meaning and utility of transnational, international, and global frameworks to the study of India. We invite the participants to reflect with us upon the nature of the relevant public spheres that do not observe national boundaries, of the ways in which ideas travel and of the tensions between the categories (transnational, international, global,  and cosmopolitan) that scholars might use in retrospect and the world views of the historical actors we study.






Speaker Biographies





Dr. Frank Costigliola is a Professor of history at the University of Connecticut and member in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Princeton University. Dr. Costigliola is the current president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).  His research interests include 20th Century U.S. History and U.S. Foreign Relations and his publications include France and the United States: The Cold Alliance Since World War II (1992); Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural Relations with Europe, 1919-1933 (1987); and his current book project, Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Win World War II and Form the Early Cold War. His work has been recognized by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Nobel Institute.


Dr. Daud Ali is the Chair and an Associate Professor in the South Asian Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ali specializes in the cultural and social history of ancient and medieval India and the Indian Ocean. He is author of Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India (2004) and editor of Invoking the Past: The Uses of History in South Asia (1999).


Dr. David C. Engerman is an Associate Professor of History at Brandeis University where he specializes in American foreign policy, international history and U.S. history in transnational contexts. He is author of Know your enemy: American Sovietology and the making of the Cold War (2009); The God That Failed: Six Studies of Communism (2001); and co-editor and contributor of Modernization from the Other Shore: American Intellectuals and the Romance of Russian Development (2003). Dr. Engerman’s work has been recognized by Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he was recipient of the 2006 Stuart L. Bernath Lecturer by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.


Dr. Benjamin Zachariah is a Senior Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, Germany and Reader in South Asian History at the University of Sheffield, UK. Dr. Zachariah has worked on histories of ideas that are notoriously unwilling to observe national boundaries. His publications include Nehru (2004); Developing India: A Social and Intellectual History c. 1930-1950 (2005); Playing the Nation Game: The Ambiguities of Nationalism in India (forthcoming, 2009).


Franziska Roy is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick has a BA from the Humboldt University, Berlin, an MA from SOAS, London. She has worked on South Asian civilian prisoners of war in First World War Germany and currently is working on youth movements in South Asia from the 1910s to the 1950s. She is co-editor and contributor to When the War Began, We Heard of Several Kings.’ South Asian Prisoners in World War I Germany (2009).


Michele L. Louro is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Temple University. Her research interests include the transnational and international dimensions of the Indian National Congress movement during the interwar period. Her publications include “Rethinking Nehru’s Internationalism: The League against Imperialism and Anti-imperial Networks, 1927–1939” (Third Frame, 2009) and co-author, “India in the World; The World in India, 1450-1770” (Education about Asia, 2006). She recently completed her research in India as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 2008-2009.


Carolien Stolte is currently Ph.D. candidate and junior lecturer at Leiden University, Department of History. She works on competing concepts of Asia and Pan-Asianism in India from the interwar period up to the Sino-Indian Border War of 1962. Her publications included “Studying Southeast Asia in Southeast Asia: an Interview with Anthony Reid” (Itinerario: European Journal of Overseas History, forthcoming 2010);  “Transoceanic Trade: The Reconstruction of al-Mukha through VOC Records: An interview with C.G. Brouwer” (Itinerario: European Journal of Overseas History , 2008); and she is co-editor of The Future of the European Union (2008).


Ali Raza is a Ph.D. Candidate at Oxford University, UK. His research interests include international leftist politics and South Asia. He is co-author of “Reading Between the Lines: The Mullah-Military Alliance in Pakistan” (Contemporary South Asia, 2007). He recently completed research in Pakistan as a Higher Education Commission Scholar.







This event would not be possible without the generous support of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD); New India Forum at Temple; Center for Humanities at Temple (CHAT); South Asian Studies Department, University of Pennsylvania; South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania; and the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.