Mark Reeves

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mreevesPhotoPhD Candidate

Major Field: European History
Other Fields: Global and African History
Susan Pennybacker


BA Western Kentucky University, 2012
MA Western Kentucky University, 2014
MA Thesis: “‘The Broad Toiling Masses in All the Continents: Anticolonial Activists and the Atlantic Charter”

Research Interests

My research focuses on the global history of anticolonialism in the 20th century, especially intersections between anticolonialism and various forms of internationalism. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Lost Horizons: Anticolonial Internationalism, 1930-1970,” compares the careers of four anticolonialists from different regions: Shukri al-Quwatli (1892-1967), the first president of Syria; V.K. Krishna Menon (1896-1974), the Indian diplomat and Minister of Defense; Carlos Romulo (1898-1985), the journalist and diplomat from the Philippines; and Nnamdi Azikiwe (1902-96), activist editor and first president of Nigeria. These figures come from four different regional contexts (the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and West Africa) and three empires (French, British, and U.S.), providing the basis for a global comparison of anticolonialism and internationalism in their intertwined careers. These four figures’ rise and fall around the same time suggests that despite the diversity of their ideas, common forces and trends motivated the rise of anticolonial internationalist thinking and thwarted their application. I hope to uncover what united and divided their experiences of anticolonialism and internationalism, and to understand why their hopes and dreams remained “lost horizons.”

Curriculum Vitae

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