Coda — Pandemic Brexit

Cancelling the Political Future

in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques
Bill Schwarz Queen Mary University of London, UK

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Taking off from a 1940 speech by Winston Churchill, I explore the shifting sensibilities underwriting the twin impact of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that a component of the current period turns on a disabling incapacity to think about a determinate political future.

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Bill Schwarz teaches in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London. He is an associate editor of History Workshop Journal. Most recently, he has written, with Steven Fielding and Richard Toye, The Churchill Myths. Email:

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