Award: Woodrow Wilson
The Christie Affair: Perspectives on Informal Empire, Slavery, and National Memory in Nineteenth Century Anglo-Brazilian Relations
The Christie Affair is the name given to the 1861-1865 diplomatic dispute between Great Britain and Brazil, beginning with diplomatic disagreement over a criminal investigation and nearly ending in war between Brazil and Great Britain. The crisis came at a time when diplomatic relations between the two countries were at a low ebb, as diplomats and intellectuals in both countries regarded each other with suspicion and distrust thanks to years of mutual hostility over the Brazilian slave trade and British economic imperialism. How the crisis broke out, and how it was eventually resolved, demonstrates the nuances involved in Anglo-Brazilian relations during the nineteenth century.
Mentor: Dr. Gabriel Paquette, History Department