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Jad Adams on ‘Tony Benn: The Making of a British Radical’

Jad Adams (University of London)

Fri, October 26, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Tony Benn is at the same time one of the most popular and most controversial figures in British politics.  He has been a leading figure in public life for more than sixty years and is now the undisputed godfather of the left.  Yet once he was the best hope of the right-of-centre social democrats.  Jad Adams, who had exclusive access to the voluminous Benn Archives over many years, analyses Benn’s political trajectory in terms of the Christiannon-conformist roots of British socialism.
Jad Adams is a Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.  He has specialized in work on radicals and nationalists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the biography of veteran statesman Tony Benn first published in 1992 and recently updated to include the intervening twenty years.  He has also written a composite biography of the Nehru dynasty and a biography of Emmeline Pankhurst.  His Gandhi: Naked Ambition was published in the US last year under the title Gandhi: The Man Behind Modern India.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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