Hebden Bridge Town Hall • The Waterfront Hall • Bar/Café open at 6:30 pm
Lectures start at 7:30 pm sharp – No admission to Lectures after 7:30 pm
Journalist Christopher de Bellaigue, who attended Eton College, is from an Anglo-French background. He obtained a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a student at Fitzwilliam College. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. In 2007-2008, he was a visiting fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. There he began work on his biography of the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh who was overthrown in 1953 in a military coup instigated by the British and American Governments to protect the interests of their oil companies.
In 2012, his book about Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mossadegh, Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup, was published.
Christopher is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, New York Review of Books, Granta, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He was formerly the Tehran correspondent for The Economist. He lives in London with his wife Bita Ghezelayagh, who is an Iranian architect, and two children.
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Malcolm Chase is Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Leeds and one of Britain’s most renowned social historians.
He will be lecturing in Hebden Bridge on what took place in Yorkshire in the period between the Peterloo massacre in Manchester (1819) and the start of the Chartist movement (c. 1838).
Malcolm’s research interests are many and varied, centring on British popular culture and politics. He has written widely on the Chartist movement and his book Chartism: A New History (2007) is considered one of the standard histories of this important movement. It has, among other things, been translated into French. He is the author of 1820: disorder and stability in the United Kingdom (2015) and is currently working on a biography of the MP Sir Francis Burdett (1770-1844). Earlier work by Malcolm included important studies on the history of English radical agrarianism.
Peterloo to Chartism and ever onward: is Democracy more than a snowflake in a Greenhouse World? Maybe we'll know by next Season....