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14 May 2007
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This week Andrew Marr is joined by David Blunkett, Mark Tully, David Kynaston and Julie Summers.
As part of Five's television series Big Ideas that Changed the World, MP and former Home Secretary DAVID BLUNKETT discusses the history of nationalism, tracing its roots from the French Revolution and German romanticism in the 18th century, and its impact on British national identity today. Big Ideas that Changed the World: David Blunkett on Nationalism is broadcast on Monday 14 May at 7.15pm on Five.

Born in India and educated in Britain, author and broadcaster MARK TULLY is a citizen of two countries and two cultures. Both have profoundly shaped his thinking and in his new book, India's Unending Journey, he explores both the personal impact of this duality and the lessons it can provide for all of us; as individuals, as members of communities and as people of the globe. India's Unending Journey: Finding Balance in a Time of Change is published by Rider.

From the Bristol civil servant who complains that the VE Day parties are keeping him awake to the Chingford housewife who describes her tactics for making the most of the rations, DAVID KYNASTON's new book, Austerity Britain, brings a fresh perspective to post-war Britain. He discusses what these personal insights from diaries and letters bring to our understanding of the period and why he believes that Britain was socially conservative in 1945, despite the Labour landslide. Austerity Britain 1945-1951 is published by Bloomsbury.

90 years ago an extraordinary organisation received its Royal Charter. What was then the Imperial, and is now the Commonwealth, War Graves Commission cares for one million and seven hundred thousand graves in 20,000 cemeteries located in over 150 countries. In them are buried the dead of the First and Second World Wars, many of them unidentified. To mark the anniversary, new photos of the cemeteries have been commissioned and included in a book written by JULIE SUMMERS, in which she tells the tale of the energy of the Commission’s founder, Fabian Ware, and his ability to mobilise the country’s artistic talent. Edwin Lutyens, Rudyard Kipling and others were inspired to design all aspects of the cemeteries and memorials, visited today by more people than at any other time in the Commission’s history. Remembered: The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is published by Merrell.

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