Professor Mancke’s broad research interests address the impact of European overseas expansion on governance and political systems, from local government to international relations. She has found that the study of Atlantic Canada provides unusually rich points of analytic purchase on major issues in the modern world. Over the last half of a millennium, the region has dealt with continental and global pulls, with commercial exploitation and settler expansion, with choosing between membership in an empire or a transcontinental state, with extreme wealth and poverty. Understanding how these issues played themselves out in Atlantic Canada sheds light on other parts of the world. Professor Mancke is currently working on a book entitled Imperium Unbound: European Expansion and the Making of Modern Geopolitics. It argues that European expansion created such fragmented, conflicting, and overlapping claims, or “spaces of power,” that Europeans needed a multilateral system of international relations to establish and adjudicate “rules of expansion.”
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