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Tuesday, 18 February 1997, 12:00AM

‘The Sea-Changer’: James Callaghan, 1976-79

Professor the Lord Hennessy

The difficulty of inheritance; the prolonged currency crises of 1976 and his conduct of Cabinet government during the IMF autumn; his construction of the Lib/Lab pact; his education initiative; his development of nuclear weapons policy, and his handling of the 'winter of discontent'.

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Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, and was recently elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Before joining the Department in 1992, he was a journalist for twenty years with spells on The Times as a leader writer and Whitehall Correspondent, The Financial Times as its Lobby Correspondent at Westminster and The Economist. He was a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme from 1987 to 1992. In 1986 he was a co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History. Professor Hennessey was Gresham Professor of Rhetoric between 1994 and 1997.

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