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Bill Lancaster will explore the different sides of Joseph Cowen including his many paradoxes: a republican who was a strong advocate of empire and imperialism; a capitalist who spent his life advocating working-class interests; and a liberal politician who was a founding member of what soon became Britain’s first Marxist political party. He will compare Cowen and his near contemporary W. T. Stead; a fellow Tynesider, world famous journalist and moral commentator. Both had strong views on working class life expressed by Cowen in the Chronicle and by Stead in the Northern Echo during the golden age of north-eastern journalism.
Speaker - Dr Bill Lancaster Social historian Dr Bill Lancaster was born and raised in Blaydon. After working in industry in the West Midlands, he studied history at Warwick University, subsequently working for many years at Newcastle Polytechnic/Northumbria University, where he was Reader in History. His works include The Department Store: A Social History and (with Robert Colls) Geordies: Roots of Regionalism and Newcastle upon Tyne: A Modern History, as well as volumes on the social history of Coventry and of Leicester.
This is The Inaugural Joseph Cowen Public Lecture in Lifelong Learning, presented by Explore Lifelong Learning www.weareexplore.org.uk
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