Acts of Union and Disunion by Linda Colley

By Linda Colley

The uk; nice Britain; the British Isles; the house international locations: the sort of wealth of alternative names implies uncertainty and rivalry - and a capability to invent and modify. In a 12 months that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses many of the forces that experience unified Britain within the past.

She examines the mythology of Britishness, and the way a long way - and why - it has pale. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and eire, and their barriers, whereas scrutinizing England's personal fractures. and she or he demonstrates how the united kingdom has been formed via move: of British humans to different international locations and continents, and of individuals, rules and impacts returning from elsewhere.

As acts of union and disunion back develop into more and more appropriate to our day-by-day lives and politics, Colley considers how - if in any respect - the items may be prepare anew, and what this may mean.

Based on a 15-part BBC Radio four sequence.

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