Renowned scholar explores global cities of the 19th Century

 Professor Mary Ryan examines global history from an urban location along the Pacific

The Department of History presented the final Ruby Lecture on 23 November. Professor Mary Ryan, Emeritus Professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley, USA, delivered a lecture entitled “Global Cities of the 19th Century: Starting in San Francisco and Stretching toward Hong Kong”. 


Using the example of San Francisco Bay around 1800, Professor Ryan explained how events in cities have global consequences. By comparing recent relations between San Francisco and Hong Kong, she said that there is an opportunity to think about the promises and perils of globalisation that confront both cities in the 21st Century.

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