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Daniel Gorman




  • B.A. (Hon) St. Francis Xavier University
  • M.A. Queen's University
  • Ph.D. McMaster University

Research and teaching interests​

  • British Empire
  • Modern Britain
  • International relations
  • History of global governance

I'm currently working on a project on the role of the United Nations as a forum for debates about decolonization from the late 1940s to 1960.

Courses taught

  • HIST 266 The British empire, 1857-1956
  • HIST 268 Comparative history of empires
  • HIST 311 International relations, 1890-1951
  • HIST 401A European history seminar
  • HIST 401B European research seminar
  • HIST 605 Global governance in historical perspective

Recent public​ations

  • All Things to All People? Thought on Liberalism and Imperialism, The Disorder of Things
  • India and the UN Security Council, United Nations History Project
  • Traditions of British International Thought, International Security Studies Forum (ISSF) review essay, 16-24.
  • H-Diplo Forum on “Legacies of World War I Commemorative Issue”, 7-21.
  • Ideology, Imperial, in John Mackenzie, ed., The Encyclopedia of Empire (London: Blackwell 2015), 1-3.
  • Davies, David Arthur, World Meteorological Organization, 1955-1979, in Bob Reinalda and Kent Kille, eds., Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations.
  • Entries in Globalization and Autonomy Compendium, William Coleman and Heike Häärting, eds., (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005-2007).
  • “Fractured Empire: Ideas of Imperial Citizenship in the British Empire after the First World War,” Comparativ 26:6 (2016), 15-36.
  • “International Law and the International Thought of Quincy Wright, 1918-1945,” Diplomatic History 41:2 (2017), 336-61.
  • “George Catlin, The Science of Politics, and Anglo-American Union,” Modern Intellectual History, doi:10.1017/S1479244316000111.
  • “Britain, India, and the United Nations: Colonialism and the Development of InternationalGovernance after 1945,” Journal of Global History 9:3 (2014), 471-90.
  • “Organic Union or Aggressive Altruism: Conservative and Labour Imperial Internationalism in Africa in the 1920s,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 42:2 (2014), 258-85.
  • “The First British Empire Games as a Nexus of Individual, Imperial, and International Identity,” The International Journal of the History of Sport 27:4 (2010), 610-31.
  • “Ecumenical Internationalism: Willoughby Dickinson, the League of Nations, and the World Alliance for Promoting International Friendship through the Churches,” Journal of Contemporary History 45:1 (2010), 51–73.
  • “Empire, Internationalism, and the Campaign against the Traffic in Women and Children in the 1920s,” Twentieth Century British History 19:2 (2008), 186-216.
  • “Liberal Internationalism, the League of Nations Union, and the Mandates System,” Canadian Journal of History 40:3 (2005), 449-77.
  • “Race and the late-Victorian Imperial World-view,” John Buchan Journal 32:1 (2005), 41-8.
  • “Lionel Curtis, Imperial Citizenship, and the Quest for Unity,” The Historian 66:1 (2004), 67-96.
  • “Wider and Wider Still?: Intra-Imperial Immigration, Racial Politics, and the Question of
  • Imperial Citizenship in the British Empire,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 3:3 (2002), online.
  • “‘The Character Creed’: How Character shaped the British Imperial Enterprise,” Australasian Victorian Studies Journal 4 (1998), 127-40.
  • ​“The British Empire, Imperial Citizenship, and the First World War,” in Simone Bellezza and Sara Lorenzini, eds., Cittadinanza imperiale: processi identitari e idee di impero dopo la Prima guerra mondiale [Imperial Citizenship: Identification Processes and Ideas of Empire after the First World War] (Rome: Viella) (forthcoming in Italian).
  • “Race, the Commonwealth, and the United Nations: From Imperialism to Internationalism in
  • Canada, 1940-1960,” in Laura Madokoro, Francine Mckenzie, and David Meren, eds., Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada's International History (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017), 196-225.
  • “Geographic Indications, Mobility, and Identity,” in Suzan Ilcan, ed.,
  • Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice (Montreal-Kingston: Queen’s-McGill University Press, 2013), 227-52.
  • “Globalization, Intellectual Property Rights, and Emerging Property Types,” in William Coleman,
  • ed., Property, Territory, Globalization: Struggles over Autonomy (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011), 122-47.
  • “Freedom of the Ether or the Electromagnetic Commons?: Globality, the Public Interest, and
  • the Multilateral Radio Negotiations in the 1920s and 1930s,” in Steven Streeter, John Weaver, William Coleman, eds., Empires and Autonomy: Moments in the History of Globalization (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2009), 138-56.
  • “The War on the Periphery: The Experience of Soldiers Fighting in European Colonies,” in
  • Timothy Dowling, ed., Personal Perspectives: World War I (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio,
  • 2005), 51-72.
  • “The Experience of Commonwealth and Colonial Soldiers in World War II,” in Timothy Dowling, ed., Personal Perspectives: World War II (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 147-74.
  • International Cooperation in the Early Twentieth Century (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2017).
  • The Emergence of International Society in the 1920s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Imperial Citizenship: Empire and the Question of Belonging (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007).
  • Review Essay, H-Diplo Forum on “Legacies of World War I Commemorative Issue”

  • "Davies, Sir David Arthur, British meteorologist and second Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 1955-1979," Bob Reinalda and Kent Kille, eds., IO BIO, Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations
  • "Britain, India, and the United Nations: colonialism and the development of international governance, 1945–1960," Journal of Global History 9, 3, 2014, 471-490. 
  • "Geographic indications, mobility, and identity," in Suzan Ilcaned., Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice (Montreal-Kingston: Queen’s-McGill University Press, 2013), 227-52.
  • The emergence of international society in the 1920s (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • "Globalization, intellectual property, and the emergence of new property types," in William Coleman, ed., Property,Territory, Globalization: Struggles over Autonomy (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011), 122-47.
  • "Organic union or aggressive altruism: Imperial internationalism in East Africa in the 1920s," Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 
  • “Amateurism, imperialism, internationalism, and the first British Empire games," The International Journal of the History of Sport 27, 4, 2010, 610-31.
  • "Ecumenical internationalism: Willoughby Dickinson, the League of Nations, and the World Alliance for promoting international friendship through the churches,” Journal of Contemporary History 45, 1, 2010, 51–73.
  • "Freedom of the ether or the electromagnetic commons?: Globality, the public interest, and the multilateral radio negotiations in the 1920s and 1930s,” in Steven Streeter, John Weaver, and William Coleman, eds., Empires and Autonomy: Moments in the History of Globalization (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009), 138-56.
  • “Empire, internationalism, and the campaign against the traffic in women and children in the 1920s,”Twentieth Century British History 19, 2, 2008, 186-216.
  • Imperial citizenship: Empire and the question of belonging (Manchester University Press, 2007).
  • “Liberal internationalism, the League of Nations Union, and the mandates system,” Canadian Journal of History XLDec. 2005, 449-77.
  • “The war on the periphery: The experience of soldiers fighting in European colonies,” in Timothy Dowlinged., Personal Perspectives: World War I (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 51-72.
  • “The experience of Commonwealth and Colonial soldiers in World War II,” in Timothy DowlingedPersonal Perspectives: World War II (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 147-74.
  • “Race and the late-Victorian imperial world-view,” John Buchan Journal 32, Spring 2005, 41-8.
  • “Lionel Curtis, imperial citizenship, and the quest for unity,” The Historian 66, 1, 2004, 67-96.
  • “Wider and wider still?: Intra-imperial immigration, racial politics, and the question of imperial citizenship in the British Empire,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 3, 3, 2002.
  • “‘The character creed’: How character shaped the British imperial enterprise,” Australasian Victorian Studies Journal 4, 1998, 127-40.
  • Various short articles in Globalization and Autonomy Compendium, William Coleman and Heike Häärtingeds., (Vancouver: UBC Press).

Awards and achievements

Balsillie School of International Affairs profile

University of Waterloo
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