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Are we living through a new eighteenth century?

Chairing the Member by William Hogarth

If Mrs Thatcher thought she was living again through Victorian England, we are now living through the eighteenth century. This special edition of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking series explores London as the centre of the world then and now, financial bubbles bursting then and now, and the lust for consumption then and now, whether of bodies or bodices.

Listen to historian Helen Berry in conversation with chairman Philip Dodd, the MP and author Kwasi Kwarteng, historians Jerry White and AN Wilson, and playwright April De Angelis for a discussion which was part of BBC Radio 3’s eighteenth century season of programming
Free Thinking Listen Again.