CFP – Invasion to integration: British Attitudes towards Europe, 1800-2000

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

CFP: Invasion to integration: British Attitudes towards Europe, 1800-2000

4-5 November, 2016

Deadline: July 29, 2016

Keynote lecture by Dr. Robert Saunders, QMUL

Plenary panel chaired by Dr. James Ellison, QMUL

On 23 June the British people will vote in a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union, the latest chapter of a dialogue which has been characterised by competing visions of what ‘Europe’ is to Britain: ‘friend’ or ‘foe’. This dynamic is one which has pervaded British perceptions of mainland Europe throughout the modern era, from fears of invasion and hopes of internationalism during the nineteenth century, through the world wars, and into membership of the EEC in 1973. Both centuries also saw growing involvement with Europe on a personal level, as improved communications and travel increasingly allowed Britons to view the countries and cultures of Continent through the media or ‘invasions’ of their own, as soldiers…

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