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The First New Left : British Intellectuals After Stalin - Michael Kenny

The First New Left

British Intellectuals After Stalin

Paperback Published: 26th May 1995
ISBN: 9780853157977
Number Of Pages: 226

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In the late 1950s, Stuart Hall, Edward Thompson and Raymond Williams among others, came together as part of a promising new political formation, the New Left. The six years of the group's formal existence represents one of the richest and most exciting periods in the intellectual history of the left in Britain. This short period saw the beginning of many future theoretical developments in radical politics, and the founder members of the New Left are now associated with groundbreaking work in history, culture and politics. This book documents and analyzes the debates of the New Left, showing how their preoccupations prefigure many contemporary concerns: the broadening of the previously narrowly-defined definition of politics, the development of embracing the popular, the exploration of a Gramscian politics and the attempt to open a "third space" between a defunct Marxism-Leninism and an intellectually barren labourist tradition.

Introductionp. 1
The Rise and Fall of the First New Leftp. 10
The Politics of Classlessness: Stuart Hall and the Universities and Left Reviewp. 54
The Socialist Humanism of Edward Thompsonp. 69
Politics and Culture: Raymond Williams' 'Long Revolution'p. 86
Political Economyp. 119
'Neither Washington nor Moscow': Positive Neutralism and the Peace Movementp. 168
Conclusions: 'Damned Fools in Utopia'?p. 197
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780853157977
ISBN-10: 0853157979
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 26th May 1995
Publisher: Lawrence and Wishart Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.27