| THOMAS HODGKIN: WANDERING SCHOLAR|
by Michael Wolfers
When he left Oxford few would have expected that someone from a privileged public school would emerge as a Marxist and a dissident. Michael Wolfers provides the first detailed biography of Thomas Hodgkin - a remarkable human being and intellectual.
Hodgkin left the colonial office after becoming convinced that Britain was not respecting the Palestinians. He travelled extensively in Africa and became one of the founders of a new discipline of African Studies, writing African Political Parties and Nationalism in Tropical Africa. His Vietnam: The Revolutionary Path, was written in the midst of American intervention. An unconventional scholar, Frantz Fanon sent him to see the Algerian revolution. Che Guevara came for drinks in Ghana.
A probing story of the life and loves of a remarkable and unique individual from a prominent family within Britain's "intellectual aristocracy".
A chronological narrative that discusses both personal life and wider changes in the world scene.
Wolfers records successes and strengths as well as failures and weaknesses, he draws on unpublished papers and candidly tells the story of "a threesome marriage".
'What is well brought out is the personal charm and generosity of spirit which lent themselves to an egalitarian capacity for meeting minds whether among unemployed Cumbrian miners, Oxford dons, or Gold Coast truck drivers.' History Workshop Journal
Published Spring 2007