Long Before Brexit: British Takes on Nationalism, Internationalism and
‘Europe’ in the 1880s-1920s
Talk by Paschal Preston
Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS)
University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, 117 Boardroom.
Wed, April 25, 2017
In this WIAS seminar on Wednesday 26 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:00, Paschal
Preston examines how British political, economic and geographical
theorists contributed to novel ideas about actually-existing
globalisation and the potential for supra-national spaces of political
action, organisation and mobilisation in the 1880s-1920s period.
He will review the ideas of leading political, economic and geographical
theorists at that time including their conceptualisations of the role of
communication networks and new media forms during the 1880s-1920s. He
will examine the question of whether and how the latter were viewed as
affording new kinds of political coordination, integration or
mobilisations at the international or ‘European’ levels during that
period and how these related to competing theories and takes on
nationalism at the time. Preston will also discuss how these theories
relate to current debates about Brexit and its aftermath.
This seminar draws on Paschal Preston’s work as a visiting International
Research Fellow in the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies in
(WIAS) during the early months of 2017.
Paschal's fellowship explores how major schools and traditions of
political, economic, geographical and social thought during the
1880s-1920s period relate to novel conceptualisations of the potential
for supra-national as well as national political action. He will
consider the work of writers rooted in the liberal tradition as well
those more aligned to socialist and social democratic views. These
include: John Atkinson Hobson; Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse; John Maynard
Keynes; Leonard Woolfe; Norman Angell; Halford John Mackinder; Keir
Hardie; Ramsay Macdonald; Beatrice and Sidney Webb; and James Connolly.
Paschal will also consider some of the related ideas of supporters and
activists in the international socialist, suffragette and anti-colonial
movements at this time.
Paschal Preston is Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication at
Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland. His book-length
"Making the News: Journalism Practices and News Cultures in Europe“
“Reshaping Communications : Technology, Information and Social Change“
"Democracy and Communication in the New Europe: Change & Continuities in
East and West“ (Hampton Press, 1995)
"The Carrier Wave : New Information Technology & the Geography of
Innovation“ (Unwin Hyman, 1988).
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