What would have happened if Charles II had been executed in 1651?

Not much, I tell the Guardian.

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The English Revolution and its Republican Legacy

I will be giving a talk on the above on Feb 16th as part of the Bishopgate Institute’s Monarchy and Republicanism series. Details here.

Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Resisting Control: Dissent, Protest and Organised Belligerance

I’m taking part in this discussion organised by Neil Denny of Little Atoms at the Bishopsgate Institute along with Dan Hind, Bibi van der Zee and Alex Butterworth. 3 November @ 7.30pm.

Info over here.

Historian reviews pop record shocker

My musings on PJ Harvey’s Mercury Award winning album ‘Let England Shake’ published in the Guardian yesterday. Paul Lay at History Today picked this up and gives his top five musical evocations of Englishness, including one of my favourites, Roy Harper’s ‘When an old cricketer leaves the crease.’

In other news, I’ve now uploaded my talk to the Suffolk Book League over here. Thanks to all who come, especially for the excellent questions afterwards. Anyone who lives in the area and likes books (historical or otherwise) would be well-advised to take a look at their programme of events.

Update: apologies to those who tried to download the Suffolk talk podcast earlier. I’ve now fixed the link which was to a non-public bit of my web filestore.

Suffolk Book League Talk Sept 6

I will be giving a talk on my A Radical History of Britain to the Suffolk Book League on Tues Sept 6 at 7.30pm. Details here.

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Londoners: Rioting through the Ages

An article I wrote for Al-Jazeera on the recent riots in England can be found here.

It was picked up by In These Times in an interesting piece by Michelle Chan.

Elsewhere, History Today editor Paul Lay had some thoughtful insights on the literary rather than historical parallels.

Night Waves discussion 15/6/11

I was on Radio 3 last night as part of a discussion of student extremism and the history thereof. You can listen again via i-player for the next week or so, it’s the first segment.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival 5th June

I will be talking radicalism and rebellion at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival on Sunday 5th June at 1pm with David Horspool, author of The English Rebel. More details here.

Podcast of Thomas Paine Society Lecture

I’ve now put up the recording of the Thomas Paine Society lecture given on 5th March here.

Apologies for the sound quality at the beginning, I was struggling to be heard over the sound of screaming Japanese fan-girls (not screaming at me but attending the Manga convention also in Conway Hall.)

A revised and edited version of the lecture has been submitted to the Society’s journal.

‘Thomas Paine and the English Radical Tradition’

I am honoured to have been invited to give the Thomas Paine Society’s Eric Paine Memorial Lecture.

The talk will be at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1 4RL at 2pm on Sat 5th March.

More details here.

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