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Erez Manela
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2005 – 9/30/2005

The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism, 1917-1920

This study examines the responses of non-Western peoples to the new vision of international order articulated during the First World War by the president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. Writing history that is both comparative and connective, it focuses on the relationship between Wilsonian rhetoric, the opportunities for international action created by the Paris Peace Conference, and the nearly simultaneous upheavals that erupted in the spring of 1919 in four disparate societies: Egypt, India, China and Korea. Based on research in four languages, including Arabic and Chinese, this work reveals the relationships between shifting discourses of legitimacy in international society and the evolution of national identities and movements.