By Linda Colley
The uk; nice Britain; the British Isles; the house international locations: this sort of wealth of alternative names implies uncertainty and competition - and a capability to invent and modify. In a 12 months that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses a few of the forces that experience unified Britain some time past. 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 he or she demonstrates how the united kingdom has been formed via move: of British humans to different international locations and continents, and of individuals, principles and affects returning from in different places. 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 could suggest. according to a 15-part BBC Radio four sequence.