chapter  2
The UK in a Global Context
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In this chapter we trace the changing and progressively circumscribed role of the UK in the world in the twentieth century. In particular we examine economic and political aspects, leaving a more detailed discussion of the internationalisation of culture to Chapter 5. The first section briefly traces the rise and fall of the UK’s position in the world before turning, in the second and third sections, to its new relationships with Europe and a deepening and more intensively globalised world in the late twentieth century. The UK has, of course, been a major player in the internationalisation of economic and cultural processes as well as being subjected to these processes.