Podcasts/Radio

12th March 2015. BBC News – ‘Historians David Abulafia and Mary Beard on Europe’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30869461

This short clip introduces the pressure group Historians for Britain and features an interview with David Abulafia, Chair of HfB, who offers his opinions on the ‘distinctive’ nature of Britain’s relationship to Europe.  Historian Mary Beard takes a different tack, seeking to explain the way citizenship in the Roman Empire worked to forge trans-national identity.  The clip then moves on to consider the role history and academia have to play in making important decisions about the future.    

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7th July 2015.  Tom Holland on Making History. ‘How can history inform the debate about Britain’s relationship with Europe?’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b060zqbc#auto

Tom Holland, Helen Castor and guests think about the Brexit debate from a historical standpoint, considering some key areas of debate, such as the relationship between Britain and Europe, in 3rd and 12th century contexts.  We also hear from historians on opposing sides of the debate, Professor David Abulafia, Chair of Historians for Britain, and Professor Justin Champion, contributor to Historians for History.    

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12th January 2016.  Gwythian Prins and Margaret MacMillan on BBC Radio 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EyuMjaZz70

In this short clip, no longer available online, (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vkcf0) Professor Gwythian Prins from London School of Economics and Professor Margaret MacMillan from the University of Oxford debate the virtues and vices of the EU and whether Britain is better in or out.       

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24th June 2016.  Robert Siegal interviews Simon Schama on ‘All Things Considered.’ http://www.npr.org/2016/06/24/483426383/historian-simon-schama-describes-brexit-vote-as-turning-point-for-britain

In this interview, Schama explains that Brexit will be a ‘turning point’ for Britain, likely witnessing the dissolution of the United Kingdom.  He attempts to counter claims that the EU is undemocratic, and argues that the European Union should be a ‘boring’ institution, solving issues through reasoned negotiation rather than conflict, ‘violence’ and ‘passion.’  He concludes by suggesting that the decision to leave the EU will be remembered as ‘the greatest act of unforced national self-harm yet known in modern history.’

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25th June 2016.  Simon Schama on ‘The Takeaway’. http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-06-25/historian-brexit-vote-was-unnecessary-act-self-harm

The day after Britain voted to leave the EU, historian Simon Schama offers his opinions on just why it happened.  The 2008-9 recession is, he claims, to blame, stoking a ‘populist, nationalist tribalism’ with strong purchase for the disillusioned working-class victims of the economic crisis.  Schama argues that immigrants have become the scapegoat for those people who felt the crisis so keenly, and directs attention to the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth century and fascism in the twentieth to support his points.

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12th July 2016.  Onora O’Neill, ‘A Point of View’, BBC Radio 4.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07l24cr 

Philosopher Onora O’Neill derides the way in which public debate was conducted by politicians and the media in the run up to the EU referendum.  She argues that politicians and the media have been flouting their civic duties, and must commit to providing ‘credible, accessible and assessable evidence’ to facilitate public involvement and understanding of the issues at stake and to help Britain navigate her new place in the world.  

 

 

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