Guildford Book Festival in Association with Amnesty International
Venue: St Nicolas' Community Centre, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW
Date: Tuesday 5th October 2021
Time: 19.30 - 20.30
Prices: Full price £10.00; Students: £9.00; Jobseekers: £9.00
Buy 5 tickets for this event and receive a 10% discount. Buy 10 tickets for this event and receive a 15% discount.
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‘This is an extraordinary and important book’ Philippe Sands, author of East West Street
What are the origins of the hostile environment for immigrants in Britain today? Drawing on new archival material from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dr Ian Sanjay Patel looks at the changes in post-war immigration laws that saw British citizenship redefined along racial lines, fatally compromising the Commonwealth, and exposing the limits of Britain’s influence in world politics. Combining voices of so-called immigrants trying to make a home in Britain, and the politicians, diplomats and commentators who were rethinking the nation, Dr Ian Sanjay Patel excavates the reasons why Britain failed to create a post-imperial national identity.
Dr Ian Sanjay Patel is currently LSE Fellow in Human Rights at the London School of Economics.