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Published: 01 November 2012

304 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719089091

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The Crisis of Theory

E. P. Thompson, the New Left and postwar British politics

Scott Hamilton

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Offers portraits of the remarkable people who crossed Thompson's path during his life, from the blissful Mahatma Gandhi to a very paranoid George Orwell to the fanatical young Iris Murdoch to the last of the Muggletonians
  • One of the few studies of a major thinker which not only describes its subject's ideas, but ventures to explain the social and historical origins of those ideas
  • Considers Thompson's works in their entirety, refusing to segregate his scholarly work from his politics
  • Looks into a series of now-vanished worlds - the world of the idealistic young men and women who fought and defeated fascism in World War Two, the British New Left in the heady years of the late fifties and early sixties and the left-wing intelligentsia of the seventies
  • A case study in the sociology of knowledge, as well as a piece of intellectual history

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