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01Acts Of Union And Disunion20140110On September 18th this year, the voters of Scotland will decide in a referendum whether they want their nation henceforth to be independent of the United Kingdom, or remain within the union that has bound Britain together since the Act of Union of 1707.
In "Acts of Union and Disunion", Linda Colley, Professor of History at the University of Princeton, examines the forces that bind together the diverse peoples, customs and loyalties of the United Kingdom. And the often equally powerful movements that from time to time across the centuries threaten to pull Britain apart.
In tonight's Omnibus Edition, Professor Colley explores Britain not as a small group but as a collection of thousands of islands; surrounded by seas that offer a defence - and a point of access... She looks at the British notion of liberty, as championed from Magna Carta onwards, and at the place of monarchy within the history of these islands:
"One of the ways in which political peoples have often managed to cohere - at least for a time - is through evolving and believing stories about themselves. So what have been the stories of identity, union, and belonging that varieties of Britons have selected to tell about themselves?"
Producer: Simon Elmes.
02Acts Of Union And Disunion20140117On September 18th this year, the voters of Scotland will decide in a referendum whether they want their nation henceforth to be independent of the United Kingdom, or remain within the union that has bound Britain together since the Act of Union of 1707.
In "Acts of Union and Disunion", Linda Colley, Professor of History at the University of Princeton, examines the forces that bind together the diverse peoples, customs and loyalties of the United Kingdom. And the often equally powerful movements that from time to time across the centuries threaten to pull Britain apart.
In tonight's Omnibus Edition, Linda examines the four nations - England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland - that make up the British Isles, and the complex relationships that have bound their history together and that have, almost equally frequently, divided them.
Producer: Simon Elmes.
03 LASTActs Of Union And Disunion20140124On September 18th this year, the voters of Scotland will decide in a referendum whether they want their nation henceforth to be independent of the United Kingdom, or remain within the union that has bound Britain together since the Act of Union of 1707.
In "Acts of Union and Disunion", Linda Colley, Professor of History at the University of Princeton, examines the forces that bind together the diverse peoples, customs and loyalties of the United Kingdom. And the often equally powerful movements that from time to time across the centuries threaten to pull Britain apart.
In tonight's third and final Omnibus Edition, Professor Colley explores Britain's relationships with North America, with Europe, with its far-flung expatriate Britons and its own (unwritten) Constitution. She then posits some possibilities about how the UK may develop in the years following next September's Independence vote in Scotland...
Producer: Simon Elmes.