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Daniel Speich Chassé (Lucerne): The ‘Third World’ as an Effect of the Social Sciences

January 31, 2018, 5:30pm BST - 6:30pm
German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A2NJ
United Kingdom

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Daniel Speich Chassé (Lucerne)
The ‘Third World’ as an Effect of the Social Sciences

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford

The lecture will analyse the history of the term ‘third world’ since the early 1950s. The guiding question is how a plural world full of economic differences turned into the orderly fiction of nation-states—ranked according to their GDP. What is the cost of quantification in global political communication?

Daniel Speich Chassé is Professor of Global History at the University of Lucerne. His research interests lie in economic history, global history, the history of knowledge, environmental history, Swiss history, and modern African history. His publications include Die Erfindung des Bruttosozialprodukts: Globale Ungleichheit in der Wissensgeschichte der Ökonomie (2013) and (co-edited with Alexander Nützenadel) Global Inequality after 2011 (2011).

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