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The Crisis of Theory: E.P. Thompson, the New Left and Postwar British Politics

Scott Hamilton


This book tells the story of the political and intellectual adventures of Edward Palmer Thompson, one of Britain's foremost twentieth-century thinkers. It shows that all of Thompson's work, from his acclaimed histories to his voluminous political writings to his little-noticed poetry, was inspired by the same passionate and idiosyncratic vision of the world. The book demonstrates the connection between Thompson's famously ferocious attack on the ‘Stalinism in theory’ of Louis Althusser and his assaults on positivist social science in such books as The making of the English working class, and p ... More

Keywords: Edward Palmer Thompson, Stalinism in theory, Louis Althusser, positivist social science, authoritarianism, political repression, twentieth-century thinkers, political writings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719084355
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Hamilton, author