Jens Norrby

About Jens Norrby

In May, I defended my thesis, which concerns one of the groups that first pondered on United Kingdom's future beyond the Empire: the British federalists. In the period beginning with the founding of the first federalist organization in 1884 and ending with the end of the Second World War in 1945, I study how federalist organizations and individuals envisioned and planned for the post-imperial world order. During a period when United Kingdom went from being the 'workshop of the world' to one political power among many, these questions presented serious challenges to the United Kingdom's understanding not only of its empire, but also of itself.

Some of my fields of interests are British history, European history, questions of national self-understanding, the decline of the British Empire and Brexit.