Five Hundred Years of Friendship

Five Hundred Years of Friendship

Five Hundred Years of Friendship: Dr Thomas Dixon presents a history of the changing meaning of friendship over the centuries.

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  • 11 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: The Lonely Cyborg 15 Apr 14

    A group of Birmingham schoolgirls prove themselves thoughful and self-aware about how to conduct their friendships

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 10 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: Families of Choice 10 Apr 14

    Professor Barbara Taylor shares with Thomas Dixon her personal memories of how the second-wave feminist movement of the

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 09 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: In Need, In Deed, By Post 09 Apr 14

    Mass Observation and the archive of the Co-Operative Correspondence Club provide intimate evidence for friendship during

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 08 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: The Suburbs of the Heart 08 Apr 14

    Just as the internet has been seen as an enemy of friendship, so the new technology of the early twentieth century - the

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 07 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: Testaments of Friendship 07 Apr 14

    At the centre of this episode is the story of Vera Brittain, author of the ever-popular memoirs, Testament of Youth and

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 04 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: A Battalion of Pals 04 Apr 14

    Dr Thomas Dixon tells two contrasting stories for this examination of the impact of World War One on male friendship.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 03 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: Comrades and Lovers 03 Apr 14

    Drawing on the intriguingly ambiguous relationship of Frances Power Cobbe with Mary Lloyd and the more open relationship

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 02 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: Darwin's Best Friend 02 Apr 14

    Charles Darwin loved his dog and praised her in letters to friends as "the beloved and beautiful Polly". He believed

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 01 Apr 7MB

    r4friendship: Education of the Heart 01 Apr 14

    Today, we tend to view friendships among children as a good thing, but in the 18th century, improving "conduct manuals"

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  • 31 Mar 7MB

    r4friendship: Felons and Oddfellows 31 March 14

    Thomas Dixon traces the idea of friendship as a form of practical self-help back to the Friendly Societies of the 18th

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  • 28 Mar 7MB

    r4friendship: When William Met Mary: 28 Mar 14

    The famous 1989 film, When Harry Met Sally, crystallised for modern viewers the key question of whether a man and woman

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 28 Mar 7MB

    r4friendship: Webs of Loyalty: 27 Mar 14

    Dr Thomas Dixon explores the impact of expanding commerce and politics on friendship in the 18th century. Renaissance

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 28 Mar 7MB

    r4friendship: Love Your Enemies: 26 Mar 14

    At a time when Christianity taught a gospel of universal love, including loving your enemy, individuals might still find

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 28 Mar 7MB

    r4friendship: A Marriage of Minds: 25 Mar 14

    Dr Thomas Dixon turns to the elite ideal of friendship as expressed in classical writers such as Aristotle and Cicero,

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 28 Mar 7MB

    r4friendship: Gossips and Goodfellows: 24 Mar 14

    Dr Thomas Dixon explores how friendship networks have changed through history. He talks to evolutionary psychologist

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 27 Mar 1MB

    r4friendship: Welcome

    Welcome

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