Acts of Union and Disunion

By Linda Colley

The uk; nice Britain; the British Isles; the house countries: one of these wealth of alternative names implies uncertainty and rivalry - and a capability to invent and modify. In a yr that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses the various forces that experience unified Britain long ago. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and the way some distance - and why - it has pale. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and eire, and their obstacles, whereas scrutinizing England's personal fractures. and she or he demonstrates how the united kingdom has been formed by way of circulation: of British humans to different nations and continents, and of individuals, rules and affects coming back from in different places. As acts of union and disunion back develop into more and more suitable to our day-by-day lives and politics, Colley considers how - if in any respect - the items can be prepare anew, and what this would suggest. in response to a 15-part BBC Radio four sequence.

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