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When Cultures Collide

Paul Seabright explores our trading past: the impact of trade - good and bad - when cultures meet. From 2018.

When Captain Cook arrived in New Zealand waters in 1769, his sailors and the Maori who met them began to trade almost immediately. When two civilizations meet, trade has a major role to play - for good and for bad.

Paul Seabright investigates the cultural impact of trade. And, in a story from China, he hears how the social consequences of trade contacts made many centuries ago can still be seen today.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.

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15 minutes


  • Tue 9 Jan 2018 13:45
  • Tue 28 Jan 2020 14:15
  • Wed 29 Jan 2020 02:15