Untied Kingdom: A Global History of the End of Britain

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Cambridge University Press
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5.67 X 8.74 X 1.34 inches | 2.35 pounds

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About the Author
Stuart Ward is a historian of modern Britain and the British Empire at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen. Originally from Australia, his career has spanned appointments in Italy, the UK, Ireland and Denmark, including visiting fellowships at the Australian National University, the University of Exeter and the University of Greenland. His previous publications include The Unknown Nation (2010), shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister's History Prize. He was awarded the Royal Historical Society's Scottish History Prize (2014) for his work on the SNP at empire's end.
'This new history of the transformation of Britain's place in the world casts the Union's contemporary crisis in a whole new light by uncovering the long-term demise of British allegiances around the world, and forging connections between the end of empire and the break-up of Britain.' The Bookseller
'Ward's majestic book is a rare treasure-trove of rich and fascinating material.' Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
'the oddity of being British is wonderfully illustrated in 500 pages of anecdote and argument in this fascinating book.' Andrew Gimson, Conservative Home
'This remarkable book ... gives a very fine account of the decline and fall of the British empire.' Will Podmore, Morning Star
'superbly stimulating' Martin Kettle, The Guardian
'This is the work of a master historian.' Jim Davidson, The Weekend Australian
'More than most of the other prophets and pronouncers of the 'death of Britain', Ward takes us beyond the narrow confines of the 'British Isles' ... on an invigorating worldwide journey into 'global Britishness'. If one is looking for an account of the fate of Greater Britain - the end result of centuries of empire and worldwide British settlement - it would be hard to find one that betters this.' Krishan Kumar, Times Literary Supplement
'In Untied Kingdom, Stuart Ward, a professor of History at Copenhagen, and of Australian extraction, retells the story of the decolonisation of the British empire against the to-be-determined question of whether the UK itself will unwind. His is a well-told narrative of related endings.' Irish Times
'This book investigates a piece of unspoken conventional wisdom: since the loss of the empire, the British people have become unsure what their country represents, an uncertainty that may well trigger the dissolution of the United Kingdom itself.' Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs
'... factual, very well-researched and exceedingly lucid and trustworthy.' David Marx, David Marx: Book Reviews
'Untied Kingdom which tracks the unravelling of Britishness in the second half of the twentieth century, is unmatched for its intellectual verve, geographical span, and the quality of its historical analysis.' Australian Book Review - Books of the Year 2023