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Harrison, Brian (16 of 25).  Oral History of Oral History

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    2012-01-24, 2012-02-24, 2012-03-27, 2012-04-24, 2012-05-18, 2012-06-27

  • Interviewees

    Harrison, Brian, 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 16: Old pattern of academic life was the wife was subordinate to her husband, unusual to have a career of your own when she started. Mother came from an anti-intellectual background. She was not fully supportive. Other people who supported him including around the house. Mentions college servants as wise people including one in particular at Nuffield. Mentions Mrs Sculley who does their ironing got an MBE in about 2008 [04:46-05:26 closed until 1st September 2032] Acknowledges people outside academia have contributions to make. Mentions supporting Margaret Thatcher to get an honorary degree. Had always identified with non-academics. [08:34] Taught both history and PPE from the beginning. Transformation of British Politics states the importance of history in modern politics. Now two subjects are separate. Tim Mason stated you cannot study history unless you have an attitude about the present. Enjoyed teaching PPE students more than historians. Mentions David Miliband. Anti-sectarian. Talks about the demise of the Liberal Party and Tony Blairs attempts to unite them with the Labour Party. Act of Militancy in Peaceable Kingdom relates to the IRA. Issues around quantitive issues and political theory in historical research. Was elected to the British Academy late in his career. Goes to meetings to mainly determine who is elected. Issues around cultural historians being elected. All his papers will go to the Academy plus a bursary.

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    Life story interview with Brian Harrison, original committee members of the Oral History Society and Emeritus Professor of history at University of Oxford.

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