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Parker offers historical perspective on global crisis

Geoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History at Ohio State University (OSU), will speak on “Global Crisis: A 17th-Centiryl Perspective,” at Princeton University on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., in 219 Aaron Burr Hall. The talk will be followed by an interdisciplinary conversation: “Are We Doomed to Repeat History?”  The event is presented by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies’ (PIIRS) research community on Global Systemic Risk.

**The event is free and open to the public. Media who would like to attend should RSVP by March 5, 2014, to Jayne Bialkowski at or 609-258-2635.**

Parker, who is also an associate of OSU’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, studies the social, political, and military history of Europe between 1500 and 1750, with special reference to Spain and its empire. A prolific author, Parker’s best-known book is The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500–1800 (1988). He edited The Times Atlas of World History (1993); The Times History of the World (1995); and The Times Compact Atlas of World History (2008); among many others. His most recent book, The Global Crisis: War, Climate Change, and Catastrophe in the 17th Century, about a climatically-induced crisis that created acute political, economic, intellectual, and social upheaval around the globe, causing the premature death of about one-third of the world’s population, was published in 2013. Parker is the recipient of the 2012 Heineken Prize for History awarded by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

The research community is concerned with the risk of emergent disruptions in global systems — like the weaknesses in interdependent financial institutions that led to the recent financial crisis — caused by the interaction of large numbers of autonomous agents, and is coordinated by Miguel Centeno, the Musgrave Professor of Sociology, a professor of sociology and international affairs, and chair of the Department of Sociology.

About PIIRS research communities

The PIIRS research community initiative was established in spring 2011. It provides funding over three years to groups of Princeton faculty in support of research, teaching and scholarly dialogue on a common theme of broad interest within international studies that cuts across disciplines and world regions.

The annual deadline for Princeton faculty to submit research community preproposals is Feb. 15. Information is available at