Professor J.E.S. Hayward FBA, Chairman of the Academy’s China Panel, reflects on a stimulating conference held in November 2000 under the aegis of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
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Published in Review, July-December 2000.
On 14–15 September 2000 the British Academy organized a conference on how Economic and Monetary Union is affecting European states. The conference covered epistemological and methodological problems in studying these effects. It also considered ‘top-down’ effects from the EU level, how different states responded to EMU and sought to reshape its development, and sectoral effects on labour markets, welfare states and financial market regulation. Professor Kenneth Dyson FBA, the organizer of the conference, reflects on some of the issues.
An international colloquium held at the Academy at the end of September 2000 commemorated a remarkable academic enterprise lasting over fifty years, and recognised over thirty years of direct Academy support. Professor Averil Cameron FBA, Chairman of the PBE Project Committee, reflects on the past and recent achievements of prosopographical scholarship.
In his lifetime, Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870–1950) was not only widely recognised as an exceptional scholar, soldier and scientist, but was also South Africa’s outstanding white statesman. For all his international achievements, however, he was incapable of anything but the rankest opportunism in relation to South Africa’s racial problems. In her Raleigh Lecture delivered on 2 November 2000, Professor Shula Marks FBA addressed this contradiction, ascribing his liberal internationalism at least in part to the influence of a group of remarkable radical and feminist women. In this extract, she considers the roots of Smuts’s powerful racial fears.