JFC Harrison

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Many H-ALBION members will, I feel sure, be sorry to hear that JFC (John) Harrison died earlier this week. He would have been 97 next month.  John had held appointments at the universities of Leeds and Wisconsin (Madison). He moved from Wisconsin to take up the Chair of Social History at the University of Sussex in 1970.

John was an influential teacher and historian, notably through his books Learning & Living: a study in the history of the English adult education movement (1961); Robert Owen and the Owenites in Britain and America (1969); and The Second Coming: Popular Millenarianism, 1780-1850 (1979). As his friend and former colleague EP Thompson once commented (Guardian 13 Sept. 1979), John always wrote "with clarity, in an unhurried, authoritative, economical style". These were qualities much in evidence in what were landmark textbooks when first published, The Early Victorians (1971) and Late Victorian Britain (1990).

Malcolm Chase (Professor of Social History, University of Leeds)