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Dr Stephen Bowman

Stephen currently teaches at the University of the Highlands and Islands. He is a transatlantic historian and has degrees from Northumbria University and the University of Stirling. The research upon which this blog post is based comes from work undertaken for his forthcoming book, The Pilgrims Society and Public Diplomacy, 1895-1945, which is published by Edinburgh University Press.

Anglo-American Isolationism: The Case for New Archetypes

Edward Luce recently wrote an article for the New York Times in which he argued that the ‘farce’ made of British governance by the current crop of Tory politicians is indicative of the parochial outlook of ‘post-internationalist’ Britain’s ruling elites. Whereas British politicians like Winston Churchill, Edward Heath, Denis Healy, and Margaret Thatcher demonstrated at least a modicum of understanding about the need for post-war European cooperation, people like Theresa May, David Cameron, and George Osborne seem never to have shown any particular affinity for international affairs. These politicians are not Little Englanders, but they have no serious internationalist hinterland.