Wednesday, 21 June 2006, 12:00AM

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Professor Kathleen Burk

In 1945, the imperial possessions of Great Britain circled the globe; in 2005, there was virtually nothing left of the Empire. Why? Was Great Britain forced out by the colonial peoples themselves, was she encouraged to leave by the United States or the United Nations, did economic decline make withdrawal almost inevitable, or did the British people lose the 'will to empire'?

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Kathleen Burk is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London, columnist and radio panellist. She is the author of several distinguished scholarly books on the US and its interventions in the rest of the world, and a definitive biography of A J P Taylor. Kathleen’s most recent book, a history of England and America from 1600 to the present, which covers political, social, and economic history, Old World, New World was published by Little Brown. Professor Burk's main interests lie in Anglo-American relations, something she focussed on during her time as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric.

All of Professor Burk's past lectures can be accessed here.

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21 June 2006

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
Professor Kathleen Burk

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