University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

“Beyond the Empire” talk is Oct. 16

Join the History Department Oct. 16 at  5:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library for the Department of History’s Regional Speakers’ Series. Daniel Ringrose, Professor of History at Minot State University, will present "Beyond the Empire:  Private Enterprise, Technical Expertise, and French Global Prestige 1870-1950."

This talk studies the work, careers, and global movement of French technical experts to explain the evolution of French global prestige from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1950s.  In particular, this talk draws on case studies in Japan, Argentina, and various locales in French Africa and Indochina.  It explores the recruitment and career paths of technical experts who moved between France and overseas assignments to demonstrate the fluid and global nature of the technical labor market in the early twentieth century, as well as the degree to which economic, technological and industrial developments in France were intertwined with activities around the globe.  These discrete histories contribute to a broader understanding of what industrial, commercial and technological modernity meant to France and to the French technical workers who extended Francophone prestige globally in the twentieth century.

-- Ty Reese, Professor and Chair, History.