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START THE WEEK
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Start the Week
Monday 09:00-09:45
Rpt: Mon 21:30-22:00
Setting the week's cultural agenda.
12 June 2006
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Andrew Marr
This week Andrew Marr is joined by Eric Hobsbawm, Niall Ferguson, Priya Gopal, Linda Colley and Robert Beckford.
This week Andrew Marr presents a special edition of Start the Week. To mark the end of Radio 4's This Sceptred Isle: Empire series, some of this country's best-known historians will be examining how Britain and other countries around the world have been changed by their experience of empire. They'll be discussing whether Britain should apologise and make reparation for its imperial past or glory in it, and asking whether the twenty-first century will see the birth of new empires. Eric Hobsbawm, Niall Ferguson, Robert Beckford, Linda Colley and Priya Gopal join Andrew Marr. 

This Sceptred Isle: Empire is at 3.45 every weekday afternoon and finishes this week on Radio 4. The accompanying book is published by BBC Books.

The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred by Niall Ferguson is published by Allen Lane.

Jesus Dub: Theology, Music and Social Change by Robert Beckford is published by Routledge.

Literary Radicalism in India: Gender, Nation and the Transition to Independence by Priyamvada Gopal is published by Routledge. Her essay on a Moral Empire can be found in the collection she is editing with Neil Lazarus, which will be published in the autumn as a special issue of the journal New Formations, to be called, After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies.

The Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm is published by Abacus, as is Nations and Nationalism since 1780.

The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh by Linda Colley will be published by HarperCollins in the autumn. Captives is published by Pimlico.


There's the chance to contribute your views on the legacy of the British Empire in a special phone-in presented by Andrew Marr tonight. The number to ring is 08700 100 444. Lines open at 20.00, and the programme begins at 21.30. The cost of calls can vary depending on where you're calling from. You can also email the programme at starttheweek@bbc.co.uk


Next week: 
Ken Loach
Rory Stewart
Sean Rainbird
Anne Karpf
Richard Holmes

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