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Description - Pessimism of the Intellect? by Duncan Thompson

Duncan Thompson provides a concise summary of the hitherto neglected history of the NEW LEFT REVIEW and its political and intellectual development from 1962 to the present. Perry Anderson, Robin Blackburn et al. emerged as the leading figures of a second new left around the NEW LEFT REVIEW six years after the new left first emerged in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Hungary and Britain and France's invasion of Suez. Thompson traces NLR's attempts to develop socialist politics, through the 'old' Labour of Harold Wilson, through heady days in 1968, through new Marxist theory, through the Cold War years and into the era of contemporary capitalist globalisation. He surveys the achievements of NLR: a respectable academic reputation has been won, but it has not succeeded in achieving or facilitating the primary goal of the second New Left, that of finding a strategy for transition to socialism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780850365566
ISBN-10: 0850365562
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: The Merlin Press Ltd
Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Duncan Thompson

Duncan Thompson has been published in Socialist History, and works with the Red Green study group.

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