Dr. Paul Teverow will present “An Offer They Couldn’t Refuse: The Creation of Great Britain” at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

Dr. Paul Teverow

Dr. Paul Teverow

Great Britain came into being in 1707. Although England and Scotland had been ruled by the same monarchs since 1603, it was a century later before the two united to form a single country.

The first question to answer is why it took so long to realize the project of unification. The second is why, for the English, transforming the dynastic union into a political merger became a top priority in the early 1700s. The presentation will also examine the place of Wales and Ireland in this union, the failed 2014 referendum on Scottish independence and the likely future of the Union.

The presentation is free and open to the public.