English is the second most used language among native speakers of any of the world’s languages and the most taught among all speakers. Though no longer the political center of a vast empire, contemporary Britain–with a population of only sixty-two million–boasts the sixth largest economy in the world and a GDP that exceeds that of far larger economic powerhouses such as Brazil, Russia and India.
From the days when Britain and her neighbors were creating the modern nation-state, establishing their empires and bringing into being industrialism, Britain seized a position of leadership. Interaction between the British Empire, the European Great Powers, and, of course the imperial peoples of nearly every race and culture, was fundamental in shaping the modern world. In our own time, there are fifty-four members of the Commonwealth of Nations (the former British Empire) and all are now members of the United Nations.
Though the produce of many national strains, our own political and social roots grew deep in British soil–and our constitution, legal/judicial and social systems are but some evidences. It is worth noting, as well, that Britain is currently America’s sixth largest trading partner and holds larger investments in the United States than any other nation.
We look forward to enquiries from all prospective graduate students interested in the study of any and all aspects of Britain and the Empire/Commonwealth.