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'Farewell to Cotia': The English Folk Revival, the 'Pit Elegy' and the Nationalization of British Coal, 1947-70

Fri., Mar. 6, 2015 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room AH 348, Ad Hum Building, University of Regina main campus

The Department of History would like to invite everyone to the second Colloquium of Winter 2015. Afterwards please join us for refreshments in the third floor lounge, Ad Hum 349.

Farewell to Cotia:  The English Folk Revival, the 'Pit Elegy' and the Nationalization of British Coal, 1947-70.
Presented by Dr. Julia Mitchell (University College London)
Friday, March 6, 2015
3:30 p.m. Ad Hum 348

Abstract
By the early 1960s, the coal industry in Britain - nationalized in 1947 - had been all but dismantled, leaving New Leftist aspirations for a socialist democracy in ruins. As miners’ hopes for nationalization faltered in line with a de-industrializing economy, the social and political fallout was expressed compellingly through the English folk revival (c.1945-1970).