Get involved (2014-15)

There are plenty of different ways that you can get your copy of this year’s book, Empire.

  • All 2014/2015 freshers can get a free copy of the book. Just head down to John Smith’s bookshop on campus to get your copy.
  • The Hartley Library will be stocking copies of the book for you to borrow.
  • John Smith’s bookshop has a large stock of Empire, which you can buy.
  • You can also buy the book from any high street and online stores.
  • Finally, please do share any copies of the book around – we would encourage as many copies as possible to be passed throughout our community.


Listen to our downloadable discussions on Empire from academics in History at the University:


Attend events that are taking place across the University:

  • The Marshall Lecture: ‘Paxman Britannica’: Empire, Sociology, and Postcolonial Reconstruction by Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra, 18:15, Thursday 19 March 2015
  • Study day: The Great War and the European Empires, 10.00 – 17.30, Saturday 20 June 2015

Do you have an event, or would like to run an event in relation to this year’s One Book? If so, we would like to hear from you and will help you advertise it on these pages. Please email.


Get the discussion going between your friends or on social media:

  • What was the British empire?
  • How have the histories of colonialism, imperialism and empire shaped British people?
  • How should Britons today confront the enormities associated with their empire in the past, like slavery, the conquest of aboriginal lands and racism?
  • What—if any—aspects of Britain’s imperial and colonial past are proper subjects for celebration in the present?
  • What are the lasting global legacies of the empire, and how might the practices and failings of British imperialism serve as examples or warnings for our own generation?
  • Were Scotland and its people subject to an English imperialism or active participants in the British empire . . . or both?
  • Why does the history of the British empire continue to generate such intense interest from historians and members of the public—and why does this field remain so controversial and emotionally charged?
  • Is Britain today a post-imperial nation?