Sydney Public Lecture & Workshop: Writing modern British history today

Date: Friday, 8th May 2015
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: Dixson Room, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie St, Sydney

“The history of Britain is dead, long live a global history of Britain”. Is it possible, let alone desirable, to write a national history in a post-national age? These are the questions that motivated James Vernon to take on writing the new Cambridge History of Britain from 1750.

About the speaker

James Vernon is a Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. His first publications, Politics and the People (1993), and Re-Reading the Constitution (1996), helped to outline an agenda for what a cultural history of British politics might look like. His most recent works include The Peculiarities of Liberal Modernity in Imperial Britain (2011), and Distant Strangers: How Imperial Britain Became Modern (2014).


Both the public lecture and the workshop are free but registration is essential. Please register by Monday, 4 May 2015, by contacting either Kate Fullagar ( or Leigh Boucher (