NIAS Public Lecture: "Post-Brexit British Politics in Historical Perspective," by Andrew Thorpe, Lecture Hall, 1600 hrs

NIAS-Exeter Intangible Histories PhD programme

Public Lecture

Post-Brexit British Politics in Historical Perspective


Professor Andrew Thorpe

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Humanities
Professor of Modern History, University of Exeter, UK

 13 January 2017, Friday, 1600 hrs, Lecture Hall, NIAS

Welcome Address: Prof Sharada Srinivasan, School of Humanities, NIAS

Chairperson: Prof. Carol Upadhya, School of Social Sciences, NIAS

The United Kingdom joined the European Union in 1973. On 23 June 2016 it voted, by a narrow majority, to leave. What do the referendum result, and likely ‘Brexit’, say about contemporary British politics and society? Is Britain now free to pursue an exciting new future, or is it in danger of isolation and decline? Does Brexit signal a fundamental shift to the right, based on an anti-immigrant populism that can also be seen in the USA, France, and other places? Or does it present new opportunities for the left? And how far does the vote represent a challenge to the established party system? This lecture will seek to answer these questions, placing them firmly in the context of earlier challenges and changes.

About the Speaker

Professor Andrew Thorpe is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Humanities, and Professor of Modern History, at the University of Exeter, UK. Among hisnumerous publications are: The British General Election of 1931 (1991), The British Communist Party and Moscow, 1920-1943 (2000), and Parties at War: Political Organization in Second World War Britain (2009). He is also the author of A History of the British Labour Party (4th edition, 2015), which is widely recognised as the standard single-volume study of the party. He is currently writing a biography of the Labour leader and statesman Arthur Henderson (1863-1935).



The NIAS Exeter Intangible Histories PhD Programme initiated by the NIAS Heritage, Science and Society Programme and is co-ordinated by: Prof. Sharada Srinivasan, Prof. Anindya Sinha: and Dr. Smriti Haricharan:

Friday, January 13, 2017