Britain’s Brexit shambles owes much to historical mythologies about Britain’s role in the Second World War, shaped by imperial legacies. Robert Knight explores Joe Wright’s much praised film Darkest Hour as a prominent recent example, hailed as ‘superb Brexit propaganda’.
What does it mean to live in a world with borders? Historian Becky Taylor reflects on the history of border controls.
As popular ideas of British empire become a battleground in Brexit Britain, Charlotte Lydia Riley examines the emergence of imperial history wars
Eva Johanna Holmberg – a historian who studies travellers crossing borders in the seventeenth century – on being threatened with deportation as a European academic in the UK in 2017
Kevin Featherstone on academic freedom and the ‘McCarthyite’ character of a Tory MP’s letter asking for the names of university lecturers teaching about Brexit.
Gareth Stedman Jones reflects on the history of referenda, and the ways they can be used to bring about unconstitutional or unscrupulous changes in government.
How can the Freudian tradition of mass psychology help us understand use of the term “populism”?
What would a British history syllabus for Brexiteers look like?