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Why are so many British historians eurosceptic?

By Charles Grant   47

Why are so many of Britain’s talented young historians Eurosceptics? The likes of Andrew Roberts and Niall Ferguson consistently damn the EU and all its works. Part of the answer may be that, like their mentor Norman Stone, they have focused on Europe in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. In the era of balance-of-power diplomacy, crumbling empires and total war, the nation-state emerged as Europe’s pre-eminent political unit. Perhaps these historians find it hard to recognise the shift towards a new system of European governance, based on cooperation and interdependence…

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