Things fall apart when empires crumble. Rediscovery of past glories is attempted again and again, until eventually those living in what was once the heart of the empire become reconciled with their fate. Many of the British are not yet reconciled. A major cause of Brexit was a stoked-up fear of immigrants, but Rule Britannia: Brexit and the End of Empire (Biteback Publishing) argues that at its heart the rhetoric of Brexit was the playing out of older school curricula that had been dominated by empire. Brexit was led by people, almost all men, who mostly had fond memories of something that never was as great as they believed it to be. Co-authors Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson are in conversation. The conversation is chaired by writer and researcher Maya Goodfellow.

Maya Goodfellow, Sally Tomlinson and Danny Dorling, taking about the book “Rule Britannia: from Brexit to the end of Empire“, at the London Review Bookshop, Bloomsbury, London, February 11th 2019

 

Rule Britannia: From Brexit to the end of Empire - published January 15th 2019

Rule Britannia: From Brexit to the end of Empire – published January 15th 2019