The 2022 THS Birthday Weekend Lecture

Hardy and Patriotism by Professor Fred Reid

The 2022 THS Birthday Weekend Lecture

Saturday 4th June at 3.00pm in the Town Hall at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester

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In conjunction with the Platinum Jubilee this year's THS Birthday Lecture will feature Historian Professor Fred Reid speaking about Hardy and patriotism, focusing on the years leading up to the First World War, its duration and aftermath, 1910-1920. This lecture will discuss Hardy's transition from an optimistic British Liberal imperialism to disillusionment with Britain's war aims and a growing hope in the United States. Professor Reid will also consider how far this evolution was in accord with the Liberal Anglican idea of history.

Fred Reid is Honorary Professor of History at the University of Warwick. His research interests are nineteenth century social history and literature, and his publications include: Keir Hardie: the Making of a Socialist (Croom Helm, 1978)
'Art and Ideology in Far from the Madding Crowd', in Thomas Hardy Annual, (London, 1986)
'Wayfarers And Seafarers: Ideas of History in the Mayor of Casterbridge', Thomas Hardy Journal, (1997)

Tickets are £10 (£8 for THS Members) and can be booked here:

For any enquiries please contact THS Secretary - Dr Tracy Hayes -



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