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Who’s for a ‘warm, fuzzy embrace of the past’

At risk of becoming a little bit obsessed with what politicians have to say about history I feel the need to jot down a quick response to last Sunday’s Observer article by the Hon. Dr. Tristram Hunt M.P.. In the article the historian and M.P. comments on the decline in the numbers of historical biographies being optioned by publishers. Hunt spends most of the article giving us a potted history of Britain’s embrace of the grand biography and briefly charts a move toward the history of the masses. The 20th Century saw an eventual balance between history from above and from below; the biography of great men beside the left wing story of the people. Continue reading