This project will highlight the continuing intensity of Anglo-French interactions and their contribution to economic, legal, and political change since 1700. The literature on modern relations between Britain and France often focuses on mutually hostile representations and geopolitical rivalry. Cordial Exchanges, by contrast, will explore how Anglo-French contacts facilitated the global circulation of ideas and practices. The project follows on from the research undertaken in French Empires and special attention will be paid to Anglo-French interactions outside Europe and intra-imperial connections, from the peace of Utrecht in 1713 to the Suez expedition in 1956. Beginning in 2011-2012, a series of workshops and conferences will examine specific sites, moments and agents of interaction. The subjects to be discussed are expected to include:

Cities, territories, borders

Mobility and migrations

The making of international law

Financial collaboration in the extra-European world