Brexit–the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union–is undoubtedly going to be one of the most important political and economic events in the early part of this century, with profound implications for the course world history is now taking. It may (or may not) be happening, with a deal (or not) on October 31. But how much do you know about the background of this event? What is the European Union? How and why has Britain’s relationship with it been so contentious? Did you know that Brexit almost happened 25 years ago, or that “Euroscepticism” was one of the reasons for Margaret Thatcher’s downfall as Prime Minister in 1990? These historical questions almost never make it into the media coverage of the event.
On October 22, 2019, at 9AM Pacific USA time, I’ll be giving a free webinar on the historical background of Brexit that addresses these and many other questions. It’s a “geohistory,” which means it’s not just a static lecture, but you’ll actually be able to see (on Google Earth) many of the places around the world that are relevant to the story of Brexit, from a border crossing in Northern Ireland to the room in Rome where the diplomatic forerunner of the European Union was created. It’s interactive, too–you can ask questions. And did I mention that it’s free?
If you can’t make it at the appointed time, but are still interested, register anyway. I’ll be sending a link to the recorded video of the webinar to everyone involved, whether you made it “live” or not.
I conducted an earlier version of this webinar back in the spring, when it looked like Brexit was about to happen; the participants really enjoyed it and got something from it. So, I thought I’d do it again.
Hope to see you on the 22nd!