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Global Britain beyond Brexit: Britain's global pasts



Thursday 18 January 2018, 6:30 - 7:45pm


Thomas Paine Study Centre, UEA

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All lectures, Normal

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Thursday 18 January, 6.30 - 7.45pm

Global Britain: beyond Brexit

Britain's global pasts

Prof Anthony Howe, Prof Geoffrey Hicks, Dr Thomas Roebuck and Dr William Rossiter

Thomas Paine Study Centre lecture theatre, UEA

Britain's 'global pasts' could sound contradictory - surely Britain in its past was rural, parochial, and isolated from the wider world? Or it might sound slightly disturbing - evoking images of colonialism and exploitation.

The panel for this event sets out to challenge these conceptions. UEA scholars will be exploring Victorian enthusiasm for free trade and Britain's many attempts to reconcile itself with a European identity; and we'll be thinking about the ways in which British culture was indebted to Europe in the Renaissance, and the ways in which learned English people imagined their relationship to their European neighbours.

Taken together, this session will highlight Britain's global pasts that provide positive, outward-facing models for Britain's relationship with Europe and the wider world today. This event will be followed by a free drinks reception.

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