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English Questions - Perry Anderson

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Published: 17th May 1992
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A set of reflections on British society and culture, this volume falls into two principal parts. The first consists of a pair of essays published in New Left Review in the sixties: 'Origins of the Present Crisis', which suggested a general schema for the analysis of class and power in modern Britain and their relation to its decline; and 'Components of the National Culture', which looked at the pattern of intellectual disciplines associated with the postwar political consensus. One premise of these accounts was a conception of bourgeois revolution, whose critique is sketched in a short intermezzo from the mid seventies. The second part contains two essays published in the late eighties which review the conjectures of the original texts in the light of the developments -- political and intellectual -- of the subsequent decades. 'The Figures of Descent' reconsiders the problem of national decline; 'A Culture in Contraflow' traces some of the intellectual reversals of the recent period. The book concludes with a survey of the political conjuncture after the fall of Thatcher, which considers the prospects of the Labour Party within the context of the wider changes that have reshaped European social democracy in these years. English Questions is published together with A Zone of Engagement, on European and American ideas at the crossroads between history and politics, the same author.

Acknowledgementsp. v
Forewordp. 1
p. 13
Origins of the Present Crisisp. 15
Components of the National Culturep. 48
The Notion of Bourgeois Revolutionp. 105
p. 119
The Figures of Descentp. 121
Culture in Contraflowp. 193
The Light of Europep. 302
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780860915911
ISBN-10: 0860915913
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 17th May 1992
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Number: 1