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A History of the New Left Review
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.
He 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.
'A compelling analysis of the second New Left Review's 'Olympian perspective' and its erratic changes in political orientation. Essential reading, if only as a warning, for those still interested in contesting neo-liberalism and global capitalism. Duncan Thompson writes beautifully
and with authority.' Pat Devine, University of Manchester.
'those interested in the history of the British left should welcome Duncan Thompson's history of NLR. Written from a point of view of general support for the left, it makes some sharp and fundamental criticisms of NLR, but never in a hostile or sectarian manner.' International Socialism
234 x 156 mm. 204 pp. approx.
Published Spring 2007
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