It all jogged a memory. In 2011, I did a talk at a history conference about one of our TV series, in which we took a single village, Kibworth in Leicestershire, through British history. This was history seen through a single community: bottom up, not top down; the people, not the rulers. At the time, the new Conservative-led coalition government was revising the history curriculum: they’d done the same after the 1979 election, then rejecting the ‘Marxist’ approach of EP Thompson, Eric Hobsbawm and Rodney Hilton, which had been so important in my student days.
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