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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEuropean Futures
EditionArticle No 7
Media of outputBlog post
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


In this extended article, Emile Chabal and Stephan Malinowski reflect on the use of history in the debate on the UK’s relationship with Europe and question two historical narratives put forward about Britain – that its history has been uniquely continuous and that is has been exceptional. They suggest that Britain has been marked not by the continuity of its history but by the stability of its elites. They also argue that its imperial legacy, among other factors, makes Britain more like other European countries than not.

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  • Britain, Europe, Exceptionalism, History, Identity

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