Founding the Welfare State: The Collective Biography of William Beveridge, R. H. Tawney, and William Temple

27.10.2015, Vortrag, DHI London

This lecture by Lawrence Goldman (London) will examine the close personal relations between three of the most prominent British social reformers of the twentieth century.

Tawney and Temple were at school together; all three overlapped as students in the same Oxford college; Tawney married Beveridge’s sister; they remained friends and colleagues for the rest of their lives. What do these personal relationships tell us about social politics in Britain between 1900 and 1950? Can the welfare state be reduced to three interlocking biographies? 

The talk starts at 5.30 p.m.