World War One: Patriotism
The power of patriotism, from the World War One to the present day. How can this loyalty can be fostered, manufactured and manipulated?
Mike Williams presents a special extended edition of The Why Factor on patriotism. He asks what motivates people to serve their country and how this loyalty can be fostered, manufactured and manipulated. Mike investigates the power of patriotism from World War One to the present day – exploring flags and anthems, borders and boundaries, King and Country, God and Empire, and the truths and the myths of the modern nation state. What would you be willing to fight and die for?
Produced by Ben Crighton
(Image of a veteran soldier standing against a black background. Credit: Getty Images)
Professor Michael Ignatieff - Author and academic
Dr Glyn Prysor - Commonwealth War Graves Commission historian
Mary Kate Cary - Former presidential speech-writer
Santanu Das - Reader in English Literature, Kings College London
Trees van Geluwe - International relations, Baarle Hertog/Baarle Nassau
Professor Bulent Bilmez - Bilgi University, Istanbul
Pupils of Cameron Park Elementary School, Hillsborough, North Carolina
Manfred Gortermaker - Professor of Modern History, University of Potsdam
Philip Sheppard - Cellist and composer
Carolyn Marvin - Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Sahar Vardi - Israeli conscientious objector