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World on the Move

Andrew Marr explores the mass movement of people with Frank Dikotter, Sir Hew Strachan, Patience Agbabi and Tahmima Anam.

World on the Move: on Start the Week Andrew Marr explores how the mass movement of people has changed societies, in a special edition broadcast in front of an audience as part of a day of programmes on BBC Radio 4. The historian Sir Hew Strachan looks back at the largest single influx of people into Britain when 250,000 Belgians arrived during the Great War, while Frank Dikötter explores the biggest forced internal migration as tens of millions of young Chinese were sent to work in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. The poet Patience Agbabi humanises the mass movement of people with her tale of one refugee's story. And what of those who return? The Bangladeshi author Tahmima Anam looks at what happens when you try to go back home.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Hew Strachan

Sir Hew Strachan is a historian and Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

Frank Dikötter

Frank Dikötter is Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong.

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976 is published by Bloomsbury.

Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi is a poet.

Refugee Tales, edited by David Herd and Anna Pincus, is published by Comma Press in June.

Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and novelist.

The Bones of Grace is published by Canongate.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Frank Dikotter
Interviewed Guest Hew Strachan
Interviewed Guest Tahmima Anam
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 16 May 2016 09:00
  • Mon 16 May 2016 21:30