The Oppression of the Trade Federation

The editors of a forthcoming collection, Star Wars and History, invite proposals for an essay to focus on parallels between business groups and practices in Star Wars (e.g., the role of the Trade Federation) and historical examples of the roles played by corporate/government partnerships such as the British and Dutch trade companies active as political and military forces as well as economic entities as well as how these parallels provided historical models for the Star Wars universe.

This essay would discuss one or two particular historical examples in depth; for example, the Dutch East India Company’s assumption of power in Indonesia, the East India Company’s different roles in India and Britain, the Hudson’s Bay Company and its territorial expansion or the trade factors in the Anglo-Chinese wars. We would ask authors to go beyond a singular focus and relate other historical examples of corporate/government integration for good and ill as it can be reflected in the Star Wars movies and universe. The book will be published in cooperation with Lucasfilm and the editors are collaborating with Mr. Lucas.

This anthology is aimed at a somewhat broader audience than is the case with most scholarly anthologies, and we seek contributors who can create essays that are engaging and accessible for undergraduate as well as older readers. Essays should run between 5,000-7,000 words, and complete drafts would be due no later than Nov. 15. Contributors would be paid honoraria of $400, and could use almost any photos, stills., etc. from the Star Wars corpus to illustrate their chapters
that they chose.

Please submit a short c.v. and one-page proposal by August 1st to both volume editors; email submissions are preferred:
Dr. Nancy Reagin
Professor of History
Pace University, New York

Dr. Janice Liedl
Assoc. Professor of History
Laurentian University, Ontario


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