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Review - Perry Anderson, Marxism and the New Left
Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History
  • Anthony Ashbolt, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
26413
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Abstract

Perry Anderson is a towering figure in the annals of contemporary Marxism. As such, he deserves a special sort of intellectual history, one that engages and illuminates and challenges. Blackledge only succeeds in a partial and rather unsatisfactory way. In a sense this is a book in two parts, even though it is not divided as such. The first deals with the Anderson of the 1960s and 1970s, the second with Anderson’s later developments. The first part is very dry and somewhat confused intellectual history, the second has a few acute observations about the shifts in Anderson’s thinking. I suspect this division in the book reflects the fact that Blackledge came to political maturity in the 1980s and is able to engage with this period and beyond in a more direct fashion.

Citation Information
Anthony Ashbolt. "Review - Perry Anderson, Marxism and the New Left" Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History Vol. 88 (2005) p. 270 - 271
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/aashbolt/44/