What ‘fair trade’ was originally about: The Haslemere Declaration of 1968

 

Andrea Franc
University of Basel
 

When thinking about today’s phenomenon of ‘fair trade’, it immediately brings to mind coffee with the ‘fair trade’ tag, nowadays seemingly found in just about every supermarket. But if we go back to fair trade’s origins in 1968, these same coffee smallholders were nowhere to be found in the burgeoning movement’s founding document, the Haslemere Declaration. So how did we get to where we are today? Continue reading “What ‘fair trade’ was originally about: The Haslemere Declaration of 1968”

Teaching ’12 Years a Slave’ and other Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

greatbooksDebating the origins of the First World War will have to wait a few days. Why? Because this week was a big one for other imperial and global news, from teaching the history of slavery to the end of globalization. Here are some of the Forum’s top picks of the week. Continue reading “Teaching ’12 Years a Slave’ and other Top Picks in Imperial & Global History”