The Crisis of Theory: E.P. Thompson, the new left and by Scott Hamilton

By Scott Hamilton

The main issue of concept tells the tale of the political and highbrow adventures of E. P. Thompson, one among Britain's most well known twentieth-century thinkers. Drawing on awesome new unpublished records, Scott Hamilton indicates that every one of Thompson's paintings, from his acclaimed histories to his voluminous political writings to his little-noticed poetry, was once encouraged via an analogous passionate and idiosyncratic imaginative and prescient of the area. In a story that strikes from the battlefields of Spain and Italy to the coal cities of Yorkshire to the bloody chaos of Emergency India, Hamilton offers Thompson as a guy decided to discover another, in concept and in motion, to the ideologies of Stalinism and right-wing 'Natopolitanism' that jointly ruled the postwar global.

Hamilton indicates the relationship among Thompson's famously ferocious assault at the 'Stalinism in idea' of Louis Althusser and his attacks on positivist social technology in books just like the making of the English operating type, and he produces formerly unseen proof to teach that Thompson's hostility to either left and right-wing kinds of authoritarianism used to be rooted in first-hand adventure of violent political repression. even if Thompson's inspiration used to be a reaction to the nice occasions of the 20th century, Hamilton argues that it's extra correct than ever within the age of the conflict on Terror, impressive rendition, and capitalist globalisation.

This booklet will attract students and common readers with an curiosity in left-wing politics and idea, British society, twentieth-century historical past, modernist poetry, and the philosophy of history.

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