2016 Lecture: Britain and Europe, what ways forward?

by Emily B
Professor Harold James (left) and Professor Robert Tombs (right).

The 2016 Harold Wincott Annual Memorial Lecture, entitled “Britain and Europe: What Ways Forward?”, was given on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 by Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. Professor James’s lecture was followed by a response from Robert Tombs, Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge.

You can listen to an audio recording of Professor James’s lecture, the response by Professor Robert Tombs and the subsequent question-and-answer session using the audio player below.  Unfortunately, the first few seconds of Wincott Foundation Chairman Sir Richard Lambert’s introduction were not captured.

Brexit was born out of a twin crisis, of globalization and of the euro. The precipitant of the structural break was the drama produced by the so-called euro crisis, that set an intellectual divide alongside the physical one of the English Channel.

Harold James

For the full text of Professor James’s lecture, click here.

What is undeniable is the increasing failure of the Europeanist vision of history to convince, not only in Britain but all across Europe.

Robert Tombs

To read Professor Tombs’ response, click here.

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