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The 2016 Election and Donald Trump in Historical Perspective (Thursday 27 September)
Welcome to HA Bath's new series of lectures for the 2018-19 season. The fifty-odd members who listened to Professor Tony Badger 's lecture The Lessons of the New Deal: Did President Obama Learn the  Right Ones? in January 2016 may remember with pleasure a w...
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The lecture programme for 2018-19 and the Christmas visit
Following the completion of last season's lecture programme on 26 April groups of HA Bath members have visited Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire on 16 May and the contrasting Gatcombe Court to the southwest of Bristol on 14 June. For members there is no...
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'Clothes for the people': dressing slaves in eighteenth-century Virginia (Thursday 26 April)
Time is the relentless linear dimension through which we move. Everything has a historical context. We discover the past constantly, sometimes in unanticipated ways. The final lecture of the current season is about cloth and clothing, particularly in the ex...
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The Secret Diaries of William Wilberforce (Thursday 22 March)
The name of William Wilberforce (1759-1833) is one of the best-known in English history. And what people with only a little knowledge of history tend to know about William Wilberforce is that he had something to do with the abolition of slavery. A Yorkshire...
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The Long Weekend: Life in the Country House Between the Wars (Thursday 22 February)
The final complete season of the Historical Association Bath Branch's long residence at Green Park Station began on 22 September 2011 not in the branch's usual meeting room in the station but in the elegant surroundings of the Francis Hotel. Our landlord ha...
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In the Shadow of Franco: The ongoing battle in Spain over its dark past (Thursday 25 January)
Spain is a large country with a long, rich and eventful history. For the people of Spain the dominant event of the twentieth century was the Civil War, 1936 to 1939. The Republicans, who were loyal to the democratic, left-leaning and relatively urban Second...
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Long Shadows: The Memory and the Legacy of the Crusades in the Modern World (Thursday 23 November)
Speaking after the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001 US President George W Bush promised a war against the terrorists. He said 'This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.' Bush's ill-considered use of...
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The 'Golden Age' of Women in Medieval London (Thursday 26 October)
What would constitute a 'golden age' for economic prosperity, science, the arts, manufacturing, transport or for one group of people or another? Surely a 'golden age' would be a time when conditions were significantly better than normal. In her lecture at t...
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Forgotten Ally: Why China's World War II Matters (Thursday 28 September)
As we look back to events that occurred more than 70 years ago it is too easy to recall the famous photographs of Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill and to overlook a fourth major ally, the Republic of China led by Chiang Kai-shek. China was at war with Japan ...
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The lecture programme for 2017-18 and four visits
As I write I am looking forward to attending, on Friday and Saturday this week (12 and 13 May), this year's Historical Association Conference in Manchester. Two days of high-quality lectures, with Michael Wood as the keynote speaker on Saturday morning, sho...
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