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Festival of Ideas: Shadows of Empire

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Waterstones Bristol Galleries, use Union Street entrance

11A Union Galleries

Broadmead

Bristol

BS1 3XD

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Shadows of Empire
with Michael Kenny, Philip Murphy, Nick Pearce (pictured) and Sumita Mukherjee (chair)

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 19:00-20:00
Waterstones (Union Street entrance)
£8 / £6 / £4.50

£4.50 PARTNER RATE is for staff, students or members at the following organisation: Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and UWE.

The idea of a global alliance between Britain and its old commonwealth colonies has recently made a remarkable comeback in the context of Brexit. Based on the belief in a special bond between the English-speaking peoples of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it has been dubbed the ‘Anglosphere’ by its supporters and ‘Empire 2.0’ by its critics.

Philip Murphy (The Empire's New Clothes) and Michael Kenny and Nick Pearce (co-authors of Shadows of Empire) trace the historical origins of this idea back to the late Victorian era. They show how it has been reworked, amended and reinvented by some of Britain’s leading politicians, from Churchill to Thatcher, and how it was revived to support the case for Brexit. They explain how the Commonwealth is organised, and look at what has held it together for so long. Why has it had such a troubled recent past, and is it realistic to imagine that its fortunes might be reversed? Can it ever escape from the shadow of the British empire to become an organisation based on shared values, rather than a shared history?

The event will be chaired by Sumita Mukherjee, senior lecturer in history at the University of Bristol.

Please note that you will be asked of proof for your eligibility of a concession ticket. Concessions apply to Full Time Students, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit claimants, over 60s and disabled people. The Partner Rate applies to those working at the following organisations: Arts Council, Bristol City Council, Businesswest, University of Bristol and UWE. Please note that no refunds/exchanges are possible for tickets already purchased at the higher price.

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Waterstones Bristol Galleries, use Union Street entrance

11A Union Galleries

Broadmead

Bristol

BS1 3XD

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

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