Stuart Ward is professor and head of the Saxo Institute for History, Archaeology, Ethnology and Classics at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of Australia and the British Embrace: The Demise of the Imperial Ideal (MUP, 2001), co-editor with Deryck M Schreuder of the volume Australia’s Empire (OUP, 2008) in the series Oxford History of the British Empire, and co-author with James Curran of The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire (MUP, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. He recently co-edited with Astrid Rasch Embers of Empire in Brexit Britain (Bloomsbury, 2019) and is completing his forthcoming book, Untied Kingdom: A World History of the End of Britain, for Cambridge University Press. His essay ‘The Empire’s new clothes’ appeared in Griffith Review 59: Commonwealth Now.
EssayIT WAS ALWAYS going to be ‘Australian-style’. When Boris Johnson unveiled his government’s new points-based immigration system in early February 2020, designed to ‘deliver Brexit’ by shifting Britain’s migrant intake ‘away from a reliance on cheap labour from Europe’,...
The Empire’s new clothes
EssayWHEN THE GUARDIAN’S international editor, Anthony Hartley, visited Amsterdam in 1958, he was immediately struck by the quiet confidence of the citizenry. It seemed such a contrast to the temper of 1950s Britain that he could not help contemplating...