Public History Conference 2018: State and Society

Venue University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB

Event date: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 8.30 AM
Running until: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 6.00 PM

History students at the University of Derby will deliver a public conference on ‘State and Society' to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx and the seventieth anniversary of the birth of the NHS.

Each year, second year undergraduate students deliver a one day conference which is part of their Public History module. This year, the students are using the conference to consider a range of papers exploring the interconnections between state and society. In addition to papers on the life and death of Karl Marx and the Welfare State in the twentieth-century, there will be contributions on communist China, 1960s Britain, and 1920s America.

08:45 Welcome and opening address
09:00 The two deaths of Karl Marx
Morality and the aims of the Paris commune
10:00  Coffee / Tea
10:20  The blueprints for Beijing: Societal constructs and state rule in 1950s China
Clean-slate communism: China’s cultural revolution
Building the bamboo curtain: China and the Korean War
11:50  Break
12:05  Blair Mountain: Rebellion in 1920s America
A family affair: People and politics during the general strike
13:05  Buffet lunch
13:45  Welshmen to Westminster: Wales and the dissolution of the monasteries
A capitalist tragedy: The highland clearances
14:45 Break
14:55  Cadbury’s Bourneville: Sugar-coated capitalism
Education for everyone? Egalitarianism and the welfare state
From rent-book to mortgage: Building the property-owning democracy in 1980s Britain 
16:25  Coffee / Tea
16:45  The execution of Ruth Ellis: Public sentiment and capital punishment
Women’s liberation and the contraceptive pill in sixties Britain
17:45  Concluding address
18:00  Event closes

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