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The Anglosphere Tradition in British Politics

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  • UserProfessor Michael Kenny (Professor of Public Policy, POLIS, and inaugural director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge)
  • ClockTuesday 27 November 2018, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseDining Hall and Lee Hall, Wolfson College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Rachel E. Holmes.

One of the most striking features of the debates that led up to Brexit is the revival of the notion of a union of the English-speaking peoples, an idea closely associated with the proponents of ‘Global Britain’. In this talk, Michael Kenny sketches the broader lineage of thinking from which this idea emanates, beginning with the ideas of ‘Greater Britain’ that emerged in the late nineteenth century and encompassing the idea of the Commonwealth, which figured prominently during debates about the UK’s decision to join the European Economic Community. This lecture will focus upon some of the different political projects and conflicts which Anglospheric arguments have fired, and ponder their significance in relation to contemporary debates about Brexit.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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