WBU professor published

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University Associate Professor of History Thomas Ray published two articles recently dealing with British/American relations.

The articles “The Virginia Company” and “Nine Power Treaty” were published in a three-volume encyclopedia entitled Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History.

The volumes deal with topics ranging from pop culture to diplomacy and politics.

“The Virginia Company” deals with the company that founded Jamestown, the first English settlement in North America.

“It deals with the founding of the company in 1606 and the problems it went through over the next two decades,” Ray said. “Eventually, because of mismanagement and some other problems, the company’s charter was dissolved in 1624. They started the settlement and seeded the colony, then basically, the King took it away from them.”

“Nine Power Treaty” deals with a treaty that was signed in the 1920s between Britain, the United States, Japan, China, France, Italy and several other European countries.

“They were trying to protect China from anyone moving in or invading,” Ray said. “It was basically a treaty that tried to protect China’s territorial integrity, guaranteed by those nine countries that signed it.”

The encyclopedia was published this year by ABC Clio Press.