Imperial Overstretch, from Dr Arnold to Mr Blair

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Dr Correlli Barnett CBE


From 1245 – 1400 (Sandwich Lunch from 1215)


The British Empire / Commonwealth constituted not a strategic asset to Britain, but a burden. The Blair Government’s espousal of ‘neo-imperialism’ and a defence policy based on ‘expeditionary forces’ is a misguided attempt once again to shoulder a burden of which we were well rid. The British ruling elite’s sense of imperial, and now global responsibility is to blamed on Dr Arnold and his successors: too much Christ and not enough Clausewitz.  

Correlli Barnett is a distinguished author and historian, having written three acclaimed works of military history before the immense and highly praised earlier books in the Pride and Fall sequence. From 1977 to 1995 he was keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and remains a fellow of Churchill College. The recipient of numerous awards, he has been awarded the Royal United Services Institute Chesney Gold Medal for services to military history; and the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Cranfield University.

A fee of £6 is payable for the sandwich lunch.

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