Event Date: 28 March 2009
Gregory Claeys and John Keane
Paine’s legacy 200 years
after his death
A special meeting to mark the 200th anniversary
of the death of Thomas Paine, revolutionary
democrat and author of The Rights of Man, The
Age of Reason and Common Sense.
Two of the leading experts on Paine share the platform:
Gregory Claeys is Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway University of London specialising in 19th century radicalism, socialism and Utopianism, author of Thomas Paine: Social and Political Thought (1989) and the forthcoming Imperial Sceptics: British Critics of Empire 1850-1920.
John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and author of a political biography of Tom Paine, Violence and Democracy and The Life and Death of Democracy. In 1989 he founded the Centre for the Study of Democracy, now established as a major research centre for the study of international relations, political theory and cultural studies.
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