Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Globalisation
  • History of international relations
  • International organisations, UN
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Western and Central Europe



PhD, Princeton University
Carolyn Biltoft received her PhD in World History from Princeton University in 2010. Her works fuses the tools of world history, intellectual history, cultural studies and critical theory. She is interested broadly in the dynamic interactions between globalising structures and infrastructures and diverse beliefs, emotions, concepts and human life-worlds. Her first book, A Violent Peace: Media, Truth and Power at the League of Nations (University of Chicago Press), presents the League as a performative global stage for the production and contestation of a wide range of “truth claims" in an era of increasingly violent totalitarian political projects.  Her current projects each touch on perceptible echoes between the history of economic thought, the contours of the capitalist world system, and questions of myth-making, memory-making, and even the desire to forget and be forgotten. 




Published articles

  • "The Anatomy of Credulity and Incredulity: a Hermeneutics of Misinformation" (2020) 

  • “Pivotes Informacionales y Giros Linguisitos: Filosofías geopolíticas del lenguaje en la Liga de las Naciones” Ayer (Accepted, forthcoming, Fall, 2020) 

  • "Keynesian Meta-geography and its Afterlives,” Provsionally accepted

  • "Against Scholarly Enclosures: Reconsidering the Art and Economics of Review." Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics, vol. 1 no. 1, 2019, 231-240.

  • “Sundry Worlds within the World: De-Centered Histories and Institutional Archives,” Journal of World History, Volume 30, no 4, 2020.

  • “The League of Nations and Alternative Economic Perspectives.” In Jayati Ghosh, Rainer Kattel & Erik Reinert, eds. Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, Edgar Elgar Publishing LTD (Cheltenham, U.K), Forthcoming January, 2016.

  • “The Meek Shall not Inherit the Earth: Nationalist Economies, Ethnic Minorities, and the League of Nations 1919-1939.” In Christoph Kreutzmueller, Michael Wildt and Moshe Zimmerman, Eds. National Economies: Volks-Wirtschaft, Racism and Economy in Europe Between the Wars, Cambridge Scholars, (Newcastle, U.K), August 2015.

  • “On a Certain Blindness in Economic Theory: the Firm, the State and the Macro-Micro Divide, 1926-1937.” In Sophus Reinert and Robert Fredona, eds. The Legitimacy of Power: New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy, forthcoming, TBA.

  • “Reversing the Curse of Babel? International Language Movements and Inter-war Chasms.” in Patrick Manning (ed.) World History: Global and Local Interactions (Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2005), pp. 179–194.

  • “Inter-War Years” in William H. McNeill et al (ed) Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History volume III (Great Barrington MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2005) pp. 1018-1022

Articles in Progress/Under Review 

  •  “The Linguistic Pivot: Patterns in the Early Information Economy, 1850-1929,” Article in progress

Book Reviews

  • Patricia Clavin (2013) Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946. Journal of Modern History, Forthcoming

  • Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2006) and Paul Krugman, Development, Geography and Economic Theory, (combined review) Global Atlanta, January 1, 2013

  • F. Ugboaja Ohaegbulam (2002) West African Responses to European Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.  Itinerario 28: 2 (2004) pp. 174-175

Carolyn N. Biltoft
Carolyn N. Biltoft

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