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Professor Niels Petersson

Professor of History


Summary

My main research interests are in international and global history. I teach on imperial and German history, and I also look after PhD students in my role as Postgraduate Research Tutor for Humanities.

 

About

I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2009, having completed a PhD at FernUniversität Hagen and then worked for the University of Konstanz for nearly 10 years. My main research interests are in international and global history. I have published on the history of globalisation, European imperialism, international economic history, and the shipping industry. More recently, I developed an interest in the role of mobility in everyday life and in the social structures of modern societies. At Sheffield Hallam, I teach on imperial and German history, and I also look after PhD students in my role as Postgraduate Research Tutor for Humanities.  I would welcome enquiries from potential PhD students interested in international and global history topics.

 

Specialist areas of interest

The history of all aspects of globalisation

Historian of imperialism, globalisation and the global economy

Teaching

Department of Humanities

Social Sciences and Arts

History

BA History, BA English and History, MA History by Research

Empires and Encounters; Germany 1890-1933

Research

Shipping and globalisation in the 1970s

Publications

Key Publications

Petersson, N. (2009). Anarchie und Weltrecht: das Deutsche Reich und die Institutionen der Weltwirtschaft, 1890-1930. Göttingen, Niedersachs: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Dejung, C., & Petersson, N. (2013). The foundations of world-wide economic integration : power, institutions, and global markets, 1850-1930. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Barth, B., Gänger, S., & Petersson, N.P. (Eds.). (2014). Globalgeschichten. Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven. Frankfurt am Main: Campus. http://www.campus.de/buecher-campus-verlag/wissenschaft/geschichte/globalgeschichten-8558.html

Osterhammel, J., & Petersson, N.P. (2003). Geschichte der Globalisierung Dimensionen, Prozesse, Epochen. C.H.Beck.

Petersson, N.P. (2000). Imperialismus und Modernisierung Siam, China und die europäischen Mächte 1895-1914. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

Petersson, N., & Osterhammel, J. (2005). Globalization: A Short History. Princeton University Press.

Journal articles

Petersson, N. (2018). Managing a 'people business' in times of uncertainty: Human resources in Ocean Transport & Trading’s strategy in the 1970s. Enterprise and Society, 19 (1), 88-123. http://doi.org/10.1017/eso.2017.26

Petersson, N.P. (2013). Shipping and Globalization. MERKUR-DEUTSCHE ZEITSCHRIFT FUR EUROPAISCHES DENKEN, 67 (4), 329-341.

Petersson, N.P. (2013). Navigation and globalization. Merkur, 67 (767), 329-341.

Petersson, N.P. (2001). The 1897 European tour of King Chulalongkorn (Siam, Thailand). SAECULUM, 52 (2), 297-328. http://doi.org/10.7788/saeculum.2001.52.2.297

Petersson, N.P. (2001). König Chulalongkorns Europareise 1897: Europäischer Imperialismus, symbolische Politik und monarchisch-bürokratische Modernisierung. Saeculum, 52 (2), 297-328. http://doi.org/10.7788/saeculum.2001.52.2.297

Petersson, N. (1993). Une mission d’exploration ratée: Le voyage au Cambodge de Calixte Imbert. Ultramarines, 12-17.

Book chapters

Petersson, N. (2019). Shipping as a Knowledge Industry: Research and Strategic Planning at Ocean Group. In Petersson, N., Tenold, S., & White, N.J. (Eds.) Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War EraContexts, Companies, Connections. (pp. 157-182). Palgrave: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-26002-6_7

Petersson, N., Tenold, S., & White, N.J. (2019). Conclusion. In Petersson, N., Tenold, S., & White, N.J. (Eds.) Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War EraContexts, Companies, Connections. (pp. 249-273). Palgrave: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-26002-6_10

Osterhammel, J., Petersson, N.P., & Geyer, D. (2018). A new millennium. In Sociology of Globalization: Cultures, Economies, and Politics. (pp. 11-18). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780429493089

Petersson, N.P. (2015). The promise and threat of free trade in a globalizing economy: a European perspective. In Hippler, T., & Vec, M. (Eds.) Paradoxes of peace in Nineteenth Century Europe. (pp. 92-110). Oxford: Oxford University Press: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198727996.do

Petersson, N.P. (2014). Arbeit und Globalisierung. In Barth, B., Gänger, S., & Petersson, N. (Eds.) Globalgeschichte : Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven. (pp. 259-288). Frankfurt am Main: Campus: http://www.campus.de/buecher-campus-verlag/wissenschaft/geschichte/globalgeschichten-8558.html

Barth, B., Gänger, S., & Petersson, N. (2014). Einleitung: Globalisierung und Globalgeschichte. In Barth, B., Gänger, S., & Petersson, N. (Eds.) Globalgeschichten : Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven. (pp. 7-18). Frankfurt am Main: Campus: http://www.campus.de/buecher-campus-verlag/wissenschaft/geschichte/globalgeschichten-8558.html

Petersson, N. (2013). Legal institutions and the World economy, 1900–1930. In Dejung, C., & Petersson, N. (Eds.) The foundations of world-wide economic integration: power, institutions, and global markets, 1850-1930. (pp. 21-39). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Dejung, C., & Petersson, N. (2013). Introduction: power, institutions, and global markets – actors, mechanisms, and foundations of worldwide economic integration, 1850–1930. In Dejung, C., & Petersson, N. (Eds.) The foundations of world-wide economic integration : power, institutions, and global markets, 1850-1930. (pp. 1-20). Cambridge: Cambridge Univesrity Press

Petersson, N. (2012). Globalisierung. In Dulffer, J., & Loth, W. (Eds.) Dimensionen internationaler Geschichte. (pp. 271-292). Munich: Oldenbourg

Petersson, N. (2012). Normative Grundlagen überstaatlicher Handels- und Finanzintegration um 1900. In Klump, R., & Vec, M. (Eds.) Völkerrecht und Weltwirtschaft im 19. Jahrhundert. (pp. 59-70). Baden Baden: Nomos

Petersson, N. (2008). Entries ‘The Far East’, ‘Globalisation’, ‘Extraterritoriality’ and ‘Siam’ and small entries on Kiaochow, Kuomintang, Manchu Dynasty, Shanghai, Sino-Japanese War 1894/95, Sun Yat-sen, Treaty Ports, Tsu Hsi, Weihaiwei. In Hodge, C.C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1914. Greenwood Publishing Group

Petersson, N. (2007). Globalisierung und Globalisierungsdiskurse: Netzwerke, Räume, Identitäten. In Marcowitz, R. (Ed.) Nationale Identität und transnationale Einflüsse: Amerikanisierung, Europäisierung und Globalisierung in Frankreich nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Walter de Gruyter

Petersson, N. (2004). Markt, Zivilisierungsmission und Imperialismus. In Barth, B., & Osterhammel, J. (Eds.) Zivilisierungsmissionen. Imperiale Weltverbesserung seit dem 18. Jahrhundert. (pp. 33-54). UVK

Petersson, N. (2004). Das Kaiserreich in Prozessen ökonomischer Globalisierung. In Conrad, S., & Osterhammel, J. (Eds.) Das Kaiserreich transnational. Deutschland in der Welt 1871-1914. (pp. 49-67). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Petersson, N. (2004). Eine Welt des (Un-) Rechts: Globalisierung und das Problem der Verrechtlichung internationaler Wirtschaftsbeziehungen vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg. In Conze, E., Lappenküper, U., & Müller, G. (Eds.) Geschichte der internationalen Beziehungen Erneuerung und Erweiterung einer historischen Disziplin. (pp. 93-112). Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar

Petersson, N. (2002). Gentlemanly and Not-So-Gentlemanly Imperialism in China Before the First World War. In Akita, S. (Ed.) Gentlemanly Capitalism, Imperialism and Global History. Palgrave

Petersson, N. (2002). Das Boxerprotokoll als Abschluß einer imperialistischen Intervention. In Kuß, S., & Martin, B. (Eds.) Das Deutsche Reich und der Boxeraufstand. (pp. 229-244). Iudicium

Petersson, N., & Osterhammel, J. (2000). Ostasiens Jahrhundertwende. Unterwerfung und Erneuerung in west-östlichen Sichtweisen. In Frevert, U. (Ed.) Das Neue Jahrhundert. Zeitdiagnosen und Zukunftsentwürfe um 1900. (pp. 265-306). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Books

Petersson, N.P., Tenold, S., & White, N.J. (2019). Shipping and Globalization in the Postwar Era Contexts, Companies, Connections. Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030260019

Petersson, N.P., Tenold, S., & White, N.J. (2019). Shipping and Globalization in the Postwar Era Contexts, Companies, Connections. Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030260019

Dejung, C., & Petersson, N.P. (Eds.). (2014). The Foundations of Worldwide Economic Integration.

Dejung, C., & Petersson, N.P. (Eds.). (2013). The Foundations of Worldwide Economic Integration.

Dejung, C., & Petersson, N. (Eds.). (2013). The foundations of world wide economic integration : power, institutions, and global markets, 1850–1930. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Petersson, N., Ulrich, K., Jochum, G., & Schröder, W. (2007). Legitimationsgrundlagen einer europäischen Verfassung. Von der Volkssouveränität zur Völkersouveränität. Duncker & Humblot.

Theses / Dissertations

Boulter, R. (2017). The Steel City and the Iron Lady, 1979-85. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Petersson, N., & Singleton, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00059

Other activities

Referee for Cambridge UP, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Swiss National Science Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation

Media

Niels has published on many aspects of 19th and 20th century international history, including imperialism, globalisation, the world economy, European integration and development. He teaches on the history undergraduate programme and the MA.

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