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Was the result of the 2016 EU referendum the last gasp of a view of empire based on nostalgia? And on 29 March 2019; as it officially ceases to become a member of the European Union; will post-Brexit Britain be a nation willing to inhabit the world of the present instead of the past? Join us on Brexit Night as four eminent scholars turn their attention to often overlooked elements in the story – Britain’s past imperial might; jingoism; mythmaking and racism; deep-set anxieties about change and conflicting visions of the future – and the possibility of an unexpected outcome; namely that its shock to the national system may slow or even reverse the decades-long rise of inequality. In their new co-authored book Rule Britannia: Brexit and the End of Empire; Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson argue that while Brexit will almost certainly require the UK to confront its own “shocking; Dorian Gray-like deteriorated image”; “out of the ashes of Brexit could; should and perhaps will come a chastened; less small-minded; less greedy future. There are good reasons to be hopeful.”

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