Join Dr Ben Wellings, Deputy Director of the Monash European and EU Centre, as he discusses English Nationalism, Euroscepticism and the Anglosphere in the context of Brexit.
The Anglosphere was one of the surprise winners of the 2016 referendum campaign. As an explicitly stated concept it appeared early on in the campaign but soon faded from view. But where it did play a part in the campaign was less as a unitary concept but more in its constituent parts: sometimes as an example to emulate and at other times as another layer of global interference to reject. Most importantly, it was a crucial element of a specifically English nationalism that sought to defend British sovereignty from European integration and competing Nationalism within the UK, whilst simultaneously restoring a global conception of the UK's national interests.
Dr Ben Wellings is Deputy-director of the Monash European and EU Centre at Monash University. As well as his on-going examination of English nationalism and Euroscepticism his research interests also cover Australia and its relationship with Europe. He is co-editor (along with Shanti Sumartojo) of 'Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration: mobilising the past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).