The Tenured Radical on the Telly

The 1980s BBC series The History Man was a venomous takedown of academic pseudo-radicals. How does it stand up today?

It’s 1972, and Dr Howard Kirk, self-described Marxist and Freudian lecturer in sociology at the University of Watermouth, is bored. Four years after the explosion of 1968, he’s finally come to terms with the fact that the promised revolution didn’t take place. Instead, he’s decided to “make things happen” himself. So begins an insurgent campaign […]

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