Global questions about objects and archives: understanding how, when, and why, the Indian rupee became the currency of East Africa

Speaker(s): 
Catherine Eagleton, British Library
Date: 
28 February 2014

Panel 3: Breaking free of documents: Collections in Global Histories
Global questions about objects and archives: understanding how, when, and why, the Indian rupee became the currency of East Africa

Chair: Sarah Longair, British Museum
Catherine Eagleton, British Library

In recent years, there has been a turn to the global across the humanities and social sciences, including in the discipline of History. Global history has been taken to mean many things, and can encompass world, transnational, postcolonial and connected and comparative approaches to the study of the past. But what are the implications of this widening of research beyond traditional national or area studies frameworks for archives? How does it impact on the way in which archivists view their collections, and how historians use them? How best can UK archives support global history? And how do their collections relate to the need