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Acts of union and disunion: an interview with Linda Colley

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

The historian Linda Colley has devoted much of her career to thinking about national identity, and British national identity in particular. One of her previous books, “Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837”, won the Wolfson History Prize in 1992. Her latest book, based on a 15-part series for BBC Radio 4, is “Acts of Union and Disunion“. In it, she returns to the theme of British identity and the nature of the British polity and asks: “What has held the UK together—and what is dividing it?”

Colley dropped into the…

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