The Anglosphere: Continuity, Dissonance and Location

ISBN : 9780197266618

Ben Wellings; Andrew Mycock
248 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
Proceedings of the British Academy
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The Anglosphere - a transnational imagined community consisting of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK - came to international prominence in the wake of Brexit. The Anglosphere's origins lie in the British Empire and the conflicts of the 20th century. It encompasses an extensive but ill-defined community bonded by language, culture, media, and 'civilisational' heritage founded on the shared beliefs and practices of free-market economics and liberal democracy. Supporters of the Anglosphere argue that it provides a better 'fit' for English-speaking countries at a time when global politics is in a state of flux and under strain from economic crises, conflict and terrorism, and humanitarian disasters.
This edited volume provides the first detailed analyses of the Anglosphere, bringing together leading international academic experts to examine its historical origins and contemporary political, social, economic, military, and cultural manifestations. They reveal that the Anglosphere is underpinned by a range of continuities and discontinuities which are shaped by the location of its five core states. The volume reveals that although the Anglosphere is founded on a common view of the past and the present, it continually seeks to realise a shared future which is never fully attained. The volume thus makes an important contribution to debates about the future of the UK outside of the EU, and the potential for the English-speaking peoples to shape the 21st century.


List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
1 Ben Wellings and Andrew Mycock: Continuity, Dissonance and Location: an Anglosphere research agenda
2 Michael Gardiner: The Anglosphere as a Principle of Progress
3 Duncan Bell: Anglospheres: empire redivivus?
4 Tim Legrand: Anglosphere Security Networks: Constitutive Reduction and International Cooperation
5 Srdjan Vucetic: The Anglosphere beyond Security
6 Andrew Gamble: The Anglo-American Worldview and the Question of World Order
7 Carl Bridge and Bart Zeilinski: The Anglosphere and the American Embrace: The End of the British Empire and after
8 Andrew Mycock: 'CANZUK, the Anglosphere(s) and Transnational War Commemoration: The Centenary of First World War'
9 Katherine Smits: The Anglosphere and Indigenous Politics
10 Nick Pearce and Michael Kenny: Churchill, Powell and the Conservative Brexiteers: the political legacies of the Anglosphere
11 Helen Baxendale and Ben Wellings: Underwriting Brexit: the European Union in the Anglosphere imagination
12 Eva Namusoke: The Anglosphere, Race and Brexit
13 John Ravenhill and Geoff Heubner: The Political Economy of the Anglosphere: geography trumps history

About the author: 

Ben Wellings is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His current research interests focus on the relationship between nationalism, Euroscepticism and the Anglosphere as well as the politics of war memory and commemoration. He is the author of English Nationalism, Brexit and the Anglosphere: wider still and wider (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).
Dr Andrew Mycock is a Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. His key research and teaching interests focus on post-imperial identity politics in the UK. He has published widely on the 'Politics of Britishness', English identity politics and devolution, and Brexit. He is co-convenor of the Political Studies Association Britishness Specialist Group. His other research interests include democratic youth engagement, participation, and education. He is currently co-leading a Leverhulme Trust funded project on Lowering the Voting Age in the UK.

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