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The Reith Lectures

Arnold Toynbee - The World and the West

The World and the Greeks and Romans

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

British historian Arnold J Toynbee discusses the significance of the historic Greco-Roman expansion in his final Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Arnold Toynbee - The World and the West

The Psychology of Encounters

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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British historian Arnold J Toynbee considers the psychological effects of culture in his fifth Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Arnold Toynbee - The World and the West

The World and the West: The Far East

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

British historian Arnold J Toynbee examines the way Western technology infiltrated the Far East when religious culture could not, in his fourth Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Arnold Toynbee - The World and the West

The World and the West: India

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

British historian Arnold J Toynbee explores how religion shapes cultures and countries, in his third Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Arnold Toynbee - The World and the West

The World and the West: Islam

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

British historian Arnold J Toynbee considers the impacts of Westernization on Islamic countries, in his second Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Arnold Toynbee - The World and the West

The World and the West: Russia

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

British historian Professor Arnold J Toynbee considers how the West interacts with Russia, in his first Reith lecture. Show more