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Britain and Europe: An unsettled history by Professor Helen Parr

Professor Helen Parr, Keele University

Date/Time: Tuesday 23 March 2021, 5.30pm

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Hosted by Dr Martin Farr

Membership of the European Commission and European Union was connected, directly or indirectly, to an unsettled history; Britain’s adaptation to its role in the world after the end of Empire and the changed global politics following the Second World War. In this lecture, Professor Parr will explore how Britain’s relations with Europe, and sense of its role in world politics will continue to adjust after Brexit.


Helen Parr is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Keele University. She previously taught in the International History Department at LSE. Her research interests are in the field of contemporary British political and social history. Her most recent work was a social and cultural history of the Parachute Regiment and the 1982 Falklands War, Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper (Allen Lane, 2018).  Our Boys won the Templer Medal Book Prize, the Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History, the Longman-History Today Book Prize and was Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing.

Helen's book, Our Boys - The Story of a Paratrooper, is available to buy now from our university bookseller Blackwell's:

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.