Britain Alone: The Path from Suez to Brexit | A Discussion with Philip Stephens
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Britain Alone is a story of a nation's attempt to reconcile its past and present in a confident national identity—in the description of the American statesman Dean Acheson, to find a role after the end of empire. It is a story of inflated ambition rubbing up against its diminished circumstance, of a glorious past and an unforgiving present, and ultimately of Britain’s effort over many decades to come to terms with its place as an important, but second rank power. It's a story that touches at every turn neuralgic issues of national pride, identity and history.
The book’s account of this quest for a post-imperial role presents the canvas for first the calamity of Anthony Eden’s Suez expedition and then, sixty years later, for the decision to leave the European Union. Suez and Brexit spoke to the past it could not leave behind.
Join us for a conversation with Philip Stephens and Michelle Egan to discuss his new book, available now.
Philip Stephens is an award-winning journalist and chief political commentator at the Financial Times. He was previously director of the FT’s editorial board. Throughout his career, he has had unique access to foreign policymakers in Britain and around the world. Stephens won the David Watt Prize for Outstanding Political Journalism; the UK Political Studies Association’s Political Journalist of the Year; and Political Journalist of the Yar in the British Press Awards. He is the author of Britain Alone, Politics and the Pound, and Tony Blair.
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