John Darwin

Nuffield College, Oxford


John Darwin has been a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford since 1984. He was the founding Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History.

He retired as a Professor of Global and Imperial History at Oxford in 2017 and is a now Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2011.

He was awarded the CBE for services to global history in 2020.

His major publications include:

After Tamerlane: the global history of empire 1400-2000 (Allen Lane/Penguin, 2007) (Winner of the Wolfson Prize for History, 2008)

The Empire Project: the rise and fall of the British World-System 1830-1970 (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Unfinished Empire: the global expansion of Britain (Allen Lane/Penguin, 2012)

Unlocking the World: port-cities and globalization in the age of steam, 1830-1930 (Allen Lane, Penguin, 2020).


Wednesday, 23 June

  • 11:50am - 12:20pm (CET) / 23/jun/2021 09:50 am - 23/jun/2021 10:20 am

    Climate and Energy

    Unlocking the World: Port Cities and Globalisation in the Age of Steam


    Is history repeating itself ? With new forms of combustion under the microsope to decarbonise, shipping is reaching a similar tipping point to when sails were replaced by steam. With the release of his fascinating book, Professor John Darwin provides a compelling narrative on the rise of port cities and the opening up of global trade routes, with lessons and experiences applicable to the megacities and ports of today.