What might be the historical geo-politics of British/European relations?
Splendid isolation is the term used at the time for the
19th-century British diplomatic practice of avoiding permanent alliances,
particularly under the governments of Lord Salisbury between 1885 and 1902. The
practice emerged as early as 1822 with
Entente Cordiale was a series of agreements signed on
The agreement was a change for both
countries. France had been isolated from the other European
powers, mostly as a result of the efforts of German Chancellor Otto von
Bismarck to estrange France from potential allies, as it was thought that
The change had its roots in a British
loss of confidence after the Second Boer War, and a growing fear that the
country was isolated in the face of a potentially aggressive
How might a 'constructivist' approach to the very idea of one's nation create a sense of 'splendid isolation'?
How do myths and images of nationhood affect/produce, at the level of the popular, a sense of independence?
Does a myth of national identity obscure the economic imperatives of international trade and thus rule-making and taking as part of trading?
in your opinion were the factors that brought about the Brexit
vote in the
'Populism' is partly blamed for the vote...but what is it?
Might it fuel the break up of the European project?
Is the European Union becoming a successful economic bloc but a failed political idea?
Is the EU a liberal democratic system?
Has the UK as a politico-governmental system broken down over Brexit?