Embers of Empire - The Receding Frontiers of Post-Imperial Britain – University of Copenhagen

Embers of Empire

The Receding Frontiers of Post-Imperial Britain

Embers of Empire is a project comprising the disciplines of English, History, Linguistics and Literature embarking on a major collaborative study of the end of empire and the idea of ‘Britain’. Specifically, we propose to explore the putative relationship between the dynamics of global decolonisation and the widely debated ‘break-up of Britain’ since the Second World War.

The project examines the prevailing assumption that the end of empire was one of the root causes of the contemporary crisis of British identity. By combining linguistic, literary and historical research traditions and by looking at Britishness on a global scale, the project aims to open up the study both in terms of scope and methodology. It explores the relationship between coercive and discursive practices at empire’s end which became central to the controversies that prized open the imagined unity of global Britishness.

World History Workshop

World History Workshop is an academic forum for the exchange of ideas among students and scholars of the humanities and social sciences with an interest in world history. WHW arranges regular sessions based on presentations of papers or work-in-progress followed by discussions. The Workshop promotes research in global, comparative and transnational history.

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The Embers of Empire research team has developed the following course offerings at master's and undergraduate level.

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