Associate Professor of Modern British History and Chu Tian Scholar, School of History, Wuhan University; Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University
September 26, 2018
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
The onset of the Second World War brought concerns within the British government about the potentially high numbers of immigrants and refugees entering the country from hostile regimes, especially Germany and Italy. This influenced the perceptions of immigrants within the government. The government’s response, especially in light of the growing international aggression, would be watched closely. Rapid transformational policies vis-à-vis foreigners were developed. This paper will explore these responses, and how enabling better relations with foreign countries was part of a long-term strategy to maintain Britain’s position as a strong world-leading nation in the aftermath of the war.