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The Reith Lectures

Robert Birley - Britain in Europe: Reflections on the Development of a European Society

Britain's Contribution to a European Society

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Home Service Basic

Robert Birley reveals the qualities of the British way of life which he feels should form its contribution to the shared culture of the European Union, in his final Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Robert Birley - Britain in Europe: Reflections on the Development of a European Society

Problem of a Common Language

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Robert Birley examines how greater involvement in Europe might affect education in Britain, and argues for more emphasis on foreign languages, in his third Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Robert Birley - Britain in Europe: Reflections on the Development of a European Society

The Problem of Patriotism

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Robert Birley considers the cultural aspect of a potential European Union, and examines what impact patriotism would have on it, in his first Reith lecture. Show more

The Reith Lectures

Robert Birley - Britain in Europe: Reflections on the Development of a European Society

The Meeting of Britain and Europe

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Robert Birley examines the history of Britain's relationship with Europe and argues that for any union to work, Britain must better understand Europe. Show more