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When did 'the Sixties' emerge as a concept rather than as a series of events? Four essential trends or ideas must be taken into account. When asked to provide a hint about the nature of the concept itself, without tipping his hand too much, Sir Brian Harrison said that this must be the difference between an Oxford and a Texas lecture. In Oxford the audience comes to find out. So, come to discover the antecedents of the 1960s or remain forever in blissful ignorance-unless you catch the record

Fri, October 31, 2008 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

Sir Brian Harrison has been based in Oxford for half a century. He began as an historian of Victorian Britain, but has steadily moved forward in his interests and publications, and is about to publish with Oxford University Press the two concluding volumes in the 'New Oxford History of England'. His most famous book is perhaps Drink and the Victorians (1971). He received his Knighthood as a distinguished historian and for his service in helping to publish the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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