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By Linda Colley

The uk; nice Britain; the British Isles; the house international locations: the sort of wealth of alternative names implies uncertainty and competition - and a capability to invent and modify. In a yr that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses many of the forces that experience unified Britain long ago. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and the way a ways - and why - it has light. 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 international locations and continents, and of individuals, principles and impacts coming back from somewhere else. As acts of union and disunion back turn into more and more suitable to our day-by-day lives and politics, Colley considers how - if in any respect - the items will be prepare anew, and what this is able to suggest. in response to a 15-part BBC Radio four sequence.

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