Reith Lectures Archive: 1948-1975

Reith Lectures Archive: 1948-1975

Series of annual radio lectures on significant contemporary issues, delivered by leading figures from the relevant fields. Please note that relatively few recordings survive from this period.

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  • RLA: Daniel J Boorstin: America and the World Experience 1 1975

    Wed, 12 Nov 75

    Duration:
    30 mins

    American historian Dr Daniel J Boorstin explains why the desire to journey to new and undiscovered lands was important in the development of the United States of America in the first lecture of his Reith Lectures series 'America and the World Experience'. He considers the difference between a 'frontier' and 'the wilderness' for the first colonisers of the continent and explains how a community spirit of adventure made it all possible.

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  • RLA: Ralf Dahrendorf: The New Liberty 4 1974

    Wed, 4 Dec 74

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Sociologist and philosopher Professor Ralf Dahrendorf discusses the concept of diversity and averages in the fourth lecture in his Reith Lectures series The New Liberty. He evaluates the socialist philosophies of different countries and contemplates what will happen when developing countries try to reassess their status as developed countries.

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  • RLA: Ralf Dahrendorf: The New Liberty 3 1974

    Wed, 27 Nov 74

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Sociologist and philosopher Professor Ralf Dahrendorf evaluates how equality has affected the progression of liberal justice in the third lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'The New Liberty'.

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  • RLA: Ralf Dahrendorf: The New Liberty 2 1974

    Wed, 20 Nov 74

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Sociologist and philosopher Professor Ralf Dahrendorf explores the liberal options available to society in the second lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'The New Liberty'. He questions why recognised problems in society, which also have visible solutions, do not make any great progress. Who is it that prevents this potential from being realised?

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  • RLA: Ralf Dahrendorf: The New Liberty 1 1974

    Wed, 13 Nov 74

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Sociologist and philosopher Professor Ralf Dahrendorf reflects on the definition of liberty and its evolution in society in the first lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'The New Liberty'.

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  • RLA: Alastair Buchan: Change Without War 6 1973

    Wed, 19 Dec 73

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Defence expert and Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Professor Alastair Buchan explores whether transnational co-operation could lead to global change in the final lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'Change Without War'.

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  • RLA: Alastair Buchan: Change Without War 3 1973

    Wed, 28 Nov 73

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Defence expert and Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Professor Alastair Buchan analyses the United States of America’s multi-lateral power structures in the third lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'Change Without War'.

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  • RLA: Andrew Shonfield: Europe - Journey to an Unknown Destination 6 1972

    Tue, 12 Dec 72

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Political economist Sir Andrew Shonfield considers the longterm future of the European Community in the final lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'Europe: Journey to an Unknown Destination'.

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  • RLA: Andrew Shonfield: Europe - Journey to an Unknown Destination 5 1972

    Tue, 5 Dec 72

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Political economist Sir Andrew Shonfield investigates how Britain’s inclusion will affect the European Community in the fifth lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'Europe: A Journey to an Unknown Destination'.

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  • RLA: Andrew Shonfield: Europe - Journey to an Unknown Destination 4 1972

    Tue, 28 Nov 72

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Political economist Sir Andrew Shonfield explores the effects of the European Community’s foreign policy in the fourth lecture in his Reith Lectures series 'Europe: Journey to an Unknown Destination'.

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