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The pleasures and pains of contemporary history

Peter Hennessy discusses the pleasures and pains of writing history in one’s own times. Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, a Fellow of the British Academy and President of the Friends of The National Archives.

In 2010 Lord Hennessy was appointed an independent crossbench peer. His latest book is ‘Distilling the frenzy; writing the history of one’s own times’.

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