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 effective twentieth-century thinkers. Drawing on amazing new unpublished files, Scott Hamilton exhibits that each one of Thompson's paintings, from his acclaimed histories to his voluminous political writings to his little-noticed poetry, used to be encouraged by way of an analogous passionate and idiosyncratic imaginative and prescient of the area. Hamilton indicates the relationship among Thompson's famously ferocious assault at the 'Stalinism in idea' of Louis Althusser and his attacks on positivist social technological know-how in books just like the making of the English operating type, and he produces formerly unseen facts to teach that Thompson's hostility to either left and right-wing different types of authoritarianism used to be rooted in first-hand adventure of violent political repression.
 
This booklet will entice students and basic readers with an curiosity in left-wing politics and concept, British society, twentieth-century background, modernist poetry, and the philosophy of history.

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6 We will shortly encounter NG Annan’s paper ‘The Intellectual AristoÂ� cracy’, which worries about this English exceptionalism (NG Annan, ‘The Intellectual Aristocracy’, in Studies in Social History: A Tribute to G. M. Trevelyan, ed. JH Plumb (Longman, London, 1955), pp. 241–287). Another famous discussion of the problem is Perry Anderson’s essay ‘Components of the National Culture’, New Left Review, 50, July/August 1968, pp. 3–57. , 1998, pp. 664–667. Collins’ monumental book synthesises much of the research on the development of intelligentsias.

These were for him not dead but living languages. indd 23 22/01/2011 16:52 From the 1930s to the Cold War In the middle of 1936 war broke out in Spain, after a half-successful military coup against the country’s democratically elected government. The struggle in Spain would soon become a cause célèbre for the left across Europe. With their contempt for democracy and brutal tactics, the forces led by General Francisco Franco showed the mendacity of the creed that had already won state power in Italy and Germany.

Indd 42 22/01/2011 16:52 The making of EP Thompson family’ with links to the diplomatic service and the elite of the Democratic Party (email to the author, 21/20/05). Thompson admitted to being ‘halfAmerican’ in the ‘Letter to Americans’ he wrote in response to the US air raids on Libya in 1986. , Mad Dogs: The US Raids on Libya, Pluto Press, London, 1986, p. 11. 10 Lago, India’s Prisoner, p. 140. , p. 139. 12 Quoted in Alien Homage, p. 72. 13 Ibid. 14 Near the end of his life, EP Thompson would edit and introduce a collection of these lectures.

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