By Linda Colley
The uk; nice Britain; the British Isles; the house countries: the sort of wealth of alternative names implies uncertainty and competition - and a capability to invent and alter. In a 12 months that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses many of the forces that experience unified Britain some time past. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and the way a ways - and why - it has light. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and eire, and their boundaries, whereas scrutinizing England's personal fractures. and she or he demonstrates how the united kingdom has been formed via circulate: of British humans to different nations and continents, and of individuals, rules and impacts returning from in other places. As acts of union and disunion back turn into more and more suitable to our day-by-day lives and politics, Colley considers how - if in any respect - the items can be prepare anew, and what this could suggest. in keeping with a 15-part BBC Radio four sequence.