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Unity and Disunity

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 13 January 2014

On Start the Week Anne McElvoy talks to Linda Colley about the history of the United Kingdom - what has brought it together, and what is driving it apart. David Pilling offers a contrasting island story, with his study of modern Japan. Europe is watching with interest the coming Scottish Independence Referendum, and the correspondent David Charter, looks at what 2014 holds for Britain's relationship with the EU. Maria Delgado explores how far culture, especially theatre, has shaped, and been shaped by, identity politics.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

  • Linda Colley

    Linda Colley is Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton and a Fellow of the British Academy.


    Linda’s Radio 4 series, Acts of Union and Disunion, continues at 1.45pm on weekdays until 24 January.  Her book of the same name is published by Profile Books.


    Linda Colley

  • David Charter

    David Charter is Berlin Correspondent for The Times.


    Europe: In Or Out - Everything you need to know is a follow-up to last year’s Au Revoir, Europe: What if Britain left the EU? and will be published by Biteback Publishing in March.


    David Charter

  • Maria Delgado

    Maria Delgado is Professor of Theatre & Screen Arts at Queen Mary, University of London.


    Maria Delgado

  • David Pilling

    David Pilling is the Asia Editor of the Financial Times.


    Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival is published by Allen Lane.


    David Pilling


Anne McElvoy
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Linda Colley
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David Pilling
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Maria Delgado
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David Charter
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