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Family legacies: after abolition
Katie Donington

European Union. There has been no independent Britain, no “Island nation”.’ 31 In an interview carried out during the elections in Sleaford in 2016, journalist John Harris asked a pro-Brexit voter why she had made that decision. Her reply was that ‘I think it’s better to come out … we’ve stood on our own in the past, and I think we can do it again.’ 32 The

in The bonds of family
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Family matters: Slavery, commerce and culture
Katie Donington

British. The struggle over abolition was about more than just the right to trade in and possess people – it was a debate over the nature of both British national and imperial identity. 43 As has been seen in the debates over Brexit, discussions about trade and commerce can, and do, act as a cipher for much more deep-rooted conflicts about culture and identity. The figure of both the slave owner and the enslaved were sites of bitter

in The bonds of family
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‘And they sang a new song’
Kate Bowan and Paul A. Pickering

Europe (even to include Australia) for the purposes of the Eurovision Song Contest signify a perpetual age of technologically enabled cultural transmission beyond borders – the triumph of the digital – or will it too fracture and fade on the back of Brexit and the next global financial crisis? The significant revival of protest music in the 1960s and 1970s undoubtedly captured the hearts and minds of a

in Sounds of liberty
Regal ministers of eclipsed empires in India
Priya Naik

with his salary of Rs. 8,000 per month. These figures indicate how high the stakes were. Indeed, the question of federation, India’s very own Brexit in the 1930s, revolved around whether the princely states would be able to maintain their rights under paramountcy in independent India. The Butler Commission’s pronouncement that the individual treaties signed between the princes and the British were not enough to assure them of a place in independent India killed hopes, but only briefly. Ahead of the Round Table Conference, negotiations between the Congress, the

in Monarchies and decolonisation in Asia
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British Israel and the Irish past
Brian H. Murray

's decision to leave the European Union. The Newsletter for January 2017 begins with a ‘Proclamation of Freedom from the EU’ equating Brexit with ‘the Exodus from Egypt by our forebears’. 71 An accompanying essay on ‘The Positive Way Forward for the Island of Ireland’ warns that around ‘much of the Brexit, or “Brexodus,” negotiations with the EU, we are hearing increasing sounds of “Pharaoh's chariots”’. Most troubling are ‘the sounds of Irish Republicans in Belfast and Dublin using the Brexit process as an opportunity to

in Chosen peoples
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Rhetorics of empire
Martin Thomas and Richard Toye

postcolonial spaces, discourses which even now are being reshaped in the post-Brexit age. By addressing both the discourses of imperial assertion which settlers and metropolitan elites employed, and the anti-imperial campaigns that sought to discredit them, the collection casts light on the internationalist ideologies that emerged from the competitive tensions between these two modes of discussion. To put it another way

in Rhetorics of empire
Biological metaphors in the age of European decolonization
Elizabeth Buettner

to barging through the door as uninvited migrants than to graciously provide the proverbial cup of sugar with no strings attached. Or to be alleged criminals, like the Romanians who UK Independence Party (UKIP) leaders argue that Britons would be right not to want living next door. 57 On 23 June 2016, a British referendum resulted in a narrow yet historically crucial victory for the ‘Brexit

in Rhetorics of empire