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Thompson, The New Left, and Postwar British Politics) >> endobj 6 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 12 0 R ] /Contents 7 0 R >> endobj 7 0 obj << /Length 2979 >> stream q 381.750 0 0 120.000 34.016 687.874 cm /I1 Do Q 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 34.016 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Published on )] TJ ET BT 99.356 676.469 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Reviews in History)] TJ ET BT 190.016 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( \()] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 197.012 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 197.012 675.075 m 357.332 675.075 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 357.332 676.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\))] TJ ET 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 34.391 653.743 526.499 1.500 re S BT 34.016 615.321 Td /F3 18.0 Tf [(The Crisis of Theory: E. P. Thompson, The New Left, and Postwar )] TJ ET BT 34.016 593.937 Td /F3 18.0 Tf [(British Politics)] TJ ET BT 34.016 266.195 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(The first thing that stands out from this study is how passionate and volcanic was E. P. Thompson?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 251.939 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(intellectual life as a historian, Marxist thinker, and informed campaigner. He was devoted to reason. Indeed, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 237.683 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(one of the left-wing journals with which he was involved was entitled )] TJ ET BT 371.972 237.683 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(The New Reasoner)] TJ ET BT 462.632 237.683 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. Thompson also )] TJ ET BT 34.016 223.427 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(loved to immerse himself in the slow and steady assessment of original source materials from history, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 209.171 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(anthropology, and literature. Yet his intellect was volcanic, often smouldering, always fiery, and from time )] TJ ET BT 34.016 194.915 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to time truly igniting. As a result \(to mix metaphors\), he became the storm petrel of Britain?s intellectual left )] TJ ET BT 34.016 180.659 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(for over 40 years, from the 1940s to the early1990s.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 563.315 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Review Number:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 549.059 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1137)] TJ ET BT 34.016 534.803 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publish date:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 520.547 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thursday, 1 September, 2011)] TJ ET BT 34.016 506.291 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Author:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 492.035 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Scott Hamilton)] TJ ET BT 34.016 477.779 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(ISBN:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 463.523 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(9780719084355)] TJ ET BT 34.016 449.267 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Date of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 435.011 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(2011)] TJ ET BT 34.016 420.755 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Price:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 406.499 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(60.00)] TJ ET BT 34.016 392.243 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Pages:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 377.987 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(288pp.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 363.731 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Publisher:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 349.475 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Manchester University Press)] TJ ET BT 34.016 335.219 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Place of Publication:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 320.963 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Manchester)] TJ ET BT 34.016 306.707 Td /F3 12.0 Tf [(Reviewer:)] TJ ET BT 34.016 292.451 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Penelope Corfield)] TJ ET endstream endobj 8 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F1 /BaseFont /Times-Roman /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 9 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F2 /BaseFont /Times-Italic /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 10 0 obj << /Type /Font /Subtype /Type1 /Name /F3 /BaseFont /Times-Bold /Encoding /WinAnsiEncoding >> endobj 11 0 obj << /Type /XObject /Subtype /Image /Width 509 /Height 160 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Predictor 15 /Colors 3 /Columns 509 /BitsPerComponent 8>> /Mask [ 255 255 255 255 255 255 ] /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB /BitsPerComponent 8 /Length 3280>> stream x[EQ㎦fVttҒ +3O{?lGDQԯDrB^.ϯ%~'0۠/2>0AG_>0j0GCfE67>rB^}@  !&y+r?INp:erc b8f=rQC!~-Wf^^zF[)G 2ޯe7V_Go3Ke GEGOo8rώ#\1ZY~N6^H}yLxS-!:412V+u\-LSO?xVvZ|GjǮT_8EYJF=Tw^ 7GxfN/S:Ʌ~ʟtt?5n÷J'JcF-GVξx{rO~tJd;#a\7}|~y'>}c2C vR}f׈**h.)_&@pfzjsx:5;S\vKhM5j=!Cn+h"u]a EUN]jn=k<,:Ք>sU!ni~6EJ)¦72?G}[y}_vc$t?iSܟ2Zݞ,VN?_`='RFK1A2qv&X_lLRWY'%:I㢖zb_UEx\>&ɆBˏ~K@ \gYØU4}$8Dv!'Q'*+Εj(UCGo[#< 2Ja(sZi9fZKE Rn`u\9r^Zmɯ׹}mstO4uc~#'jEvۼ Dx[z ޏQ4KL5,5u3>i^uÒ-53ba ~,~/pyt1fMU'CVm:qv~=Y'Es"WsφG?l_kN5}],Ow7 uh`xƫ?zMl7ٻv$A(4Dl(wwH} ?=[=S;yC]^BK>㕪9`Z'Wj;E|:bf>kCԘ#RY,iv쵗~}n'"1u" *uO΄/2^Sxr(!/DD\~mJyZ!MmrA!#u[if|99WB WΡpp}w}sh#,\ &:%˳X?D3 %W0cC?o̲^} F3XLVn]Cߖiϧ!7}yZJ#P7]=)7Ρp;>> Ye^xx{Oafw{ ;>4gfLt ʊ:q%#r/)pv!O4wGh|dS ӣݽހ-gVUC'pBxrB^} 7JA^} /'8!`:r?}}],X  }6y!`/~Br?}Q< >k7vx"] ,' .3jn{-i}|~%-};b6#U)7繎kiEw 㤳:E}[޼c"rꬊ7Dc$~"/Y&zSd:tFȌCrʙ`7u .#[-<)j ?TGS(j~oTup(hjU4PlJ=}|it.ҽ@\wʨuXÞZcx18Wo<~ikOg,ވ\^?EneyZcc0[R١z|zv7_m:_n]a?osS3~j^ hD.a_X'KfBX6w wݶ"Oa:,bvhrWH[uCF-Xfc}>x+Rz)2N-B 7y^٨;[/vg? | |2Sve}=o䑰j[vWjF0{굦?VI~}xM(_TlG__+]:#к?S} c>GŸD7 !w{S{B =x7a?oE#)+Gz:o_4Q<;n?\tt7?mGCџQGu4kņOF>F?#} hP&ђߴM#u!.СtL2^#o nIk_i.~7tr@n 1P~3?.[]=S5b߮~Yo^HFH YBi8a4iom>CKgMy*;?zqEӕ` >zB9iFzC?XF?ޟIܰ펉A}{I5ᄊx%ez#Mp@rߎpi]IOVjzuJt\۰f׺u5><,J~PTJp1)}){9N {!`/> endstream endobj 12 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 13 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 197.0117 675.3895 357.3317 687.2695 ] >> endobj 13 0 obj << /Type /Action /S /URI /URI (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews) >> endobj 14 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 17 0 R 20 0 R ] /Contents 15 0 R >> endobj 15 0 obj << /Length 7996 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.502 0.502 0.502 RG 0.75 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 784.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Sooner or later, almost everyone within the left-wing intelligentsia received either a private or a public )] TJ ET BT 34.016 770.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(admonition for his or her failure to interpret justly and, consequently, to act justly in the cause. Nothing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 755.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(personal. But Edward Thompson often needed opposition to an erring fellow-thinker in order to galvanise )] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(himself to write. It was like grit in the oyster. As a result of these outbursts, he did often secrete pearls, in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(form of theoretical and historical output of great salience and immense long-term influence. He also )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(produced, however, some colossal misjudgements, lots of bruised feelings, many complaining memoranda, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(sundry harmed working relationships on the intellectual left, and eventually, by the mid-1970s, a degree of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 684.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(political and intellectual isolation on his own part.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 658.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Personally, Edward Thompson was a charming and charismatic figure, with a yelping, infectious laugh. His )] TJ ET BT 34.016 644.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(explosions came from the sheer intensity of his commitment and his strong sense of drama, even melodrama. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 629.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(For example, in his book entitled )] TJ ET BT 195.680 629.909 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Whigs and Hunters)] TJ ET BT 288.344 629.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( \(1975\) on an egregious example of 18th-century class-)] TJ ET BT 34.016 615.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(biased legislation, he wrote, at Dorothy Thompson?s suggestion, a substantial concluding section discussing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 601.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the rule of law generically.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 162.980 601.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(1\))] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 162.980 600.003 m 176.972 600.003 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 176.972 601.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( Edward Thompson argued that, despite some bad laws, it was valuable and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 587.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(civilised for a society, no matter how socially unequal, to share a common legal system with pre-determined )] TJ ET BT 34.016 572.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(principles of operation. So far, so good. In arriving at that point, Thompson was rejecting a jingoistic )] TJ ET BT 34.016 558.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(celebration of English constitutionalism on the one hand and a reductive Marxist critique of the law on the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 544.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(other. For him, however, such a middle position was highly fraught. He felt that he was clambering from a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(narrow ground onto ?an even narrower theoretical ledge?.)] TJ ET 0.000 0.000 0.800 rg BT 311.924 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(2\))] TJ ET 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d 311.924 528.723 m 325.916 528.723 l S 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 325.916 530.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( His phrasing implied that he was alone and in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 515.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(danger of falling at any moment. Well, actually no. He often faced bruising adversaries. No doubt about that. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 501.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(But on this occasion his stress that a just society needs to pay attention to importance of civics, as well as )] TJ ET BT 34.016 487.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(economics, was eminently sensible. In this case, his particular historical example was disputed by some )] TJ ET BT 34.016 473.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(fellow historians. Yet there was very little controversy over his measured praise for the rule of law and ?due )] TJ ET BT 34.016 458.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(process? ? a stance which remains as topical and valid today as ever.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 432.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Nonetheless, it is true that Thompson by the mid-1970s felt himself to be increasingly isolated. He had in )] TJ ET BT 34.016 418.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(part made himself so. After resigning from Warwick University at the age of 48, he thenceforth operated as a )] TJ ET BT 34.016 404.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(freelance, intermitted by some lecture stints overseas. Of course, the Thompsons continued to see their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 389.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(impressively global range of friends. Their august country house at Wick Episcopi was ever welcoming, if )] TJ ET BT 34.016 375.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(often draughty. However, Thompson?s daily working environment was solitary. Furthermore, by the later )] TJ ET BT 34.016 361.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1970s, he was even more deeply depressed by the disarray of Marxism than he had previously been. He felt )] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(keenly all intellectual challenges from past and present comrades on the left. In fact, he was far more )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(disturbed by their criticisms than he was buoyed by the public admiration and even adulation that he gained )] TJ ET BT 34.016 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(after the publication of his classic )] TJ ET BT 198.656 318.533 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Making of the English Working Class)] TJ ET BT 378.992 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( \(1963 and still in print\). Hence he )] TJ ET BT 34.016 304.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(felt not only isolated but also angry.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 278.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(All those seeking an introduction to this turbulent figure need look no further than Scott Hamilton?s )] TJ ET BT 517.316 278.021 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Crisis )] TJ ET BT 34.016 263.765 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(of Theory)] TJ ET BT 80.348 263.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(. The account is even-handed, detailed, and sober. Generally, Thompson is praised but, at times, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 249.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(criticised or chided. Hamilton also takes pains to locate the kaleidoscopic disputes, which now seem rather )] TJ ET BT 34.016 235.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(abstruse, within a broader political/intellectual context. It is true that there are some confidence-shaking )] TJ ET BT 34.016 220.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(errors, scattered through the book. For example, Thompson is sent as a student to Oxford \(p. 36\), when )] TJ ET BT 34.016 206.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(actually he went to Cambridge. At other points, various historians are misnamed ? and their books attributed )] TJ ET BT 34.016 192.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(to the wrong authors. And a hybrid Labour politician named Richard Crossland appears in the narrative \(p. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 178.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(63\), leaving it unclear as to whether he was Richard Crossman or Anthony Crosland.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 151.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(In general, however, Hamilton?s account takes his readers carefully through a chronological account of E. P. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 137.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thompson?s intellectual trajectory as a Marxist thinker. The ten chapters start with Thompson?s family )] TJ ET BT 34.016 123.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(background among the left-leaning Oxford intelligentsia, followed by his close relationship with his older )] TJ ET BT 34.016 109.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(brother Frank Thompson, who died fighting the Nazis in Bulgaria in 1944. Coverage then focuses upon E. P. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 94.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thompson?s theoretical writings after his break from the Communist Party in 1956, which was triggered not )] TJ ET BT 34.016 80.693 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(only by the Soviet invasion of Hungary but also by the failure of his \(and others?\) attempt to democratise the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 66.437 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(British Communist Party. Then followed, after a brief period of euphoria, new rows between the ?old? New )] TJ ET BT 34.016 52.181 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Left \(including the ?empiricist? Thompson\) and the ?new? New Left \(notably the theoretician Perry )] TJ ET endstream endobj 16 0 obj [14 0 R /Fit] endobj 17 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 18 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 162.9797 600.3175 176.9717 612.1975 ] >> endobj 18 0 obj << /Type /Action >> endobj 19 0 obj [14 0 R /Fit] endobj 20 0 obj << /Type /Annot /Subtype /Link /A 21 0 R /Border [0 0 0] /H /I /Rect [ 311.9237 529.0375 325.9157 540.9175 ] >> endobj 21 0 obj << /Type /Action >> endobj 22 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 23 0 R >> endobj 23 0 obj << /Length 7284 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Anderson\). The arguments culminated in 1963 with Thompson?s bitter departure from the )] TJ ET BT 470.288 796.469 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(New Left Review. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(This bleak moment for him already followed the splits of 1956 ? and presaged yet further disillusionments, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and yet further breaks with former comrades that were still to come.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(After that, chapters assess the attempt to establish a rival )] TJ ET BT 308.972 741.701 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Socialist Register)] TJ ET BT 393.308 741.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(; \(briefly\) Edward Thompson?s )] TJ ET BT 34.016 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(contribution to the anti-Labour government )] TJ ET BT 245.660 727.445 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Mayday Manifesto)] TJ ET BT 335.312 727.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( project in 1968; and \(also briefly\) )] TJ ET BT 34.016 713.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thompson?s involvement in the student activism at Warwick University and his resignation from the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(University, after publishing the tirade )] TJ ET BT 217.328 698.933 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(Warwick University Ltd)] TJ ET BT 331.988 698.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( \(1971\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 672.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Next the analysis turns to Thompson?s interventions in Marxist theory, as he rebuked Kolakowski )] TJ ET BT 34.016 658.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(controversially\) and excoriated Althusser \(splendidly, if long-windedly\). The various responses to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 644.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thompson?s theoretical positions from fellow Marxists are also examined. Then there is brief but telling )] TJ ET BT 34.016 629.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(information \(pp. 159?61\) about Thompson?s uncomfortable academic visit to India in December 1976 / )] TJ ET BT 34.016 615.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(January 1977. He was welcomed by the government, particularly for his Indianophile father?s old friendship )] TJ ET BT 34.016 601.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(with Nehru. E. P. Thompson, however, recoiled from the Indian communists who were defending Indira )] TJ ET BT 34.016 587.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Gandhi?s autocratic rule under the Emergency \(1975?7\). In particular, he was aghast when a scholar, who )] TJ ET BT 34.016 572.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(criticised him pertinently at an academic seminar, was arrested shortly afterwards.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 546.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Hamilton?s narrative comes to a peak with his extended discussion of the )] TJ ET BT 389.300 546.629 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(History Workshop)] TJ ET BT 476.960 546.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( Conference at )] TJ ET BT 34.016 532.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Oxford in December 1979. The Thompson volcano exploded with maximum force. He denounced the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 518.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?enclosed ghetto of the academic left? and fellow speakers at the Conference for good measure. The result )] TJ ET BT 34.016 503.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(alienated many. Thompson seemed too much of a touchy prima donna, who was unwilling to engage with )] TJ ET BT 34.016 489.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(other arguments. This event compounded his relative intellectual isolation.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 463.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Later chapters then round up Thompson?s theoretical writings in the 1980s; discuss his poetry, written )] TJ ET BT 34.016 449.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(chiefly in his youth, and its relationship to his politics; and briefly review Thompson?s unsuccessful and )] TJ ET BT 34.016 434.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(?conflicted? novel )] TJ ET BT 125.324 434.837 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(The Sykaos Papers)] TJ ET BT 216.644 434.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( \(1988\). This story ends with the option of saving planet Earth ? or not. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 420.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thompson left the outcome uncertain, poised on the brink.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 394.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Assessing all these twists and turns of fortune, Hamilton justly highlights Thompson?s repeated alternations )] TJ ET BT 34.016 380.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(between elation and pessimism. After leaving the Communist Party, he was hopeful, writing that ?I )] TJ ET BT 34.016 365.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(commenced to reason in my thirty-third year ? in 1956? \(p. 53\). He sought to found a new left-wing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 351.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(progressive moment, to reform or replace what he saw as the ?moribund? Labour Party. Yet Thompson )] TJ ET BT 34.016 337.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(quickly feared that his vision of humanist Marxism was being marginalised within a New Left which was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 323.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(looking to abstract continental theory for inspiration. Or later, in August 1976, when Thompson was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 308.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(returning home after a visiting professorship in the USA, he predicted to his ally, the historian John Saville, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 294.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(that: ?British society is poised for a transition to socialism? \(p. 157\). It did not happen. The resurgent right )] TJ ET BT 34.016 280.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(rather than the left was gaining popular support. At the 1979 )] TJ ET BT 327.308 280.277 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(History Workshop)] TJ ET BT 414.968 280.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( Conference, the erupting )] TJ ET BT 34.016 266.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Thompson spoke of a coming political catastrophe and warned darkly that many of the audience ?would )] TJ ET BT 34.016 251.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(soon be serving long jail terms? \(p. 178\).)] TJ ET BT 34.016 225.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Hamilton deftly defines this Thompsonian duality as ?an uneasy mixture of catastrophism [and] hyper-)] TJ ET BT 34.016 211.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(optimism? \(p. 159\). Thompson retained a steady belief in ?the agency of the intellectual and activist left? )] TJ ET BT 34.016 196.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(\(ibid\). Nonetheless, he was often distanced from street-campaigners, such as the student radicals in the later )] TJ ET BT 34.016 182.741 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1960s, who admired him but, from his point of view, did not heed his message.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 156.485 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(These cycles of intense hope and despair must have made Thompson hard to live with, at least in the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 142.229 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(downturns, which were often prolonged. Hamilton?s study is far from a personal biography. But his )] TJ ET BT 34.016 127.973 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(evidence suggests how much Thompson must have gained from his wife and life-partner?s magnificent inner )] TJ ET BT 34.016 113.717 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(calm. Even Dorothy Thompson, however, did not find it all easy.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 87.461 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(One countervailing theme, that could have been noted more strongly, was Thompson?s long-running )] TJ ET BT 34.016 73.205 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(friendships with his fellow historians on the political left. John Saville, for example, was one of the few )] TJ ET BT 34.016 58.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(people at the )] TJ ET BT 98.336 58.949 Td /F2 12.0 Tf [(History Workshop)] TJ ET BT 185.996 58.949 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [( Conference in 1979 who supported Thompson. Another steady ally was the )] TJ ET endstream endobj 24 0 obj << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Annots [ 26 0 R 28 0 R 30 0 R 32 0 R ] /Contents 25 0 R >> endobj 25 0 obj << /Length 6851 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg 0.000 0.000 0.800 RG 0.24 w 0 J [ ] 0 d BT 34.016 796.469 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Marxist historian Christopher Hill, who appears but once in Hamilton?s index. At some stage in 1956, when )] TJ ET BT 34.016 782.213 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(both Hill and Thompson quit the British Communist Party, they did disagree over the timing of their )] TJ ET BT 34.016 767.957 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(resignations. Hill got a sternly critical letter from Thompson ? a letter which, it is hoped, has survived )] TJ ET BT 34.016 753.701 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(among the Hill MSS archive at Balliol College. Their comradeship, however, survived. Later Hill said )] TJ ET BT 34.016 739.445 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(magnanimously that, while he thought the invective too severe, Thompson was right on the substantive )] TJ ET BT 34.016 725.189 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(issue. Subsequently, as historians, they always cited each other with approval. Their academic concord was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 710.933 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(surprising to an extent, since their arguments were incompatible on some key points, such as the timing of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 696.677 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the famous but elusive transition from feudalism to capitalism. Nonetheless, they steered clear of collision )] TJ ET BT 34.016 682.421 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(on historical matters. Both men valued their alliance-at-a-reasonable-distance, which helped to armour them )] TJ ET BT 34.016 668.165 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(against their many attackers.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 641.909 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(A further Thompsonian characteristic that emerges clearly was his continual struggle to write to deadlines. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 627.653 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Luxurious and luxuriant in his prose, he lacked a capacity to self-edit. Furthermore, he sharply resented )] TJ ET BT 34.016 613.397 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(attempts by outsiders to cut or even to amend his texts. \(I made that mistake once\). He worked very much to )] TJ ET BT 34.016 599.141 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(his own rhythms. Indeed, Hamilton might have made more of the unintended humour that emerges from his )] TJ ET BT 34.016 584.885 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(account, as Thompson furnished a regular stream of promises, excuses, further promises, and non-appearing )] TJ ET BT 34.016 570.629 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(typescripts ? or, alternatively, offered to some baffled editor something quite different from what was )] TJ ET BT 34.016 556.373 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(originally promised. Incidentally, how Thompson would have loathed the pressures of writing regularly for )] TJ ET BT 34.016 542.117 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(University Research Assessments. And what contempt he would have expressed, in his erudite vocabulary, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 527.861 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(for the anti-intellectualism of the process and its poverty of terminology. To standardise the richly variegated )] TJ ET BT 34.016 513.605 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(output of scholars into ?units of assessment?, each counting the same, would have outraged him. And the )] TJ ET BT 34.016 499.349 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(solemn production of a mathematicalised verdict, based on an aggregation of non-comparable data, would )] TJ ET BT 34.016 485.093 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(have prompted his scandalised satire.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 458.837 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Overall, Hamilton?s study is not intended as a full intellectual biography. There is relatively little detail )] TJ ET BT 34.016 444.581 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(about Thompson?s historical writings, which prompted as many debates among historians as did his Marxist )] TJ ET BT 34.016 430.325 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(theoretical interventions among the Marxist left. Nor is Hamilton concerned with Thompson, the peace )] TJ ET BT 34.016 416.069 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(campaigner of the 1980s; or Thompson, the friend of European dissidents against totalitarian Marxist )] TJ ET BT 34.016 401.813 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(regimes. Perhaps a full edition of his ever-vivid letters would be a first step towards a comprehensive )] TJ ET BT 34.016 387.557 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(intellectual biography of this polymathic loner, who survived unrepentantly outside the academy in an era of )] TJ ET BT 34.016 373.301 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(increasing intellectual specialisation.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 347.045 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Yet readers of Hamilton?s careful exposition will learn much about Thompson?s falling out of love with, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 332.789 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(firstly the organised Communist Party, and then, slowly and agonisingly, with Marxism as a system of ideas. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 318.533 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(At the very end of his life, Thompson expressed his dilemma clearly. When confronted by dogmatic anti-)] TJ ET BT 34.016 304.277 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Marxists, he defended his life?s cause, eloquently. Yet when arguing with convinced-by-the-book Marxists, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 290.021 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(he opposed them, angrily.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 263.765 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Out of such critical ambivalence came a rich and idiosyncratic body of historical and theoretical writings. )] TJ ET BT 34.016 249.509 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(For Thompson himself, their production was prompted by a mixture of agony and ecstasy. In his later years, )] TJ ET BT 34.016 235.253 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(he was often tired and ill. But, to quote from his favourite poet William Blake, E. P. Thompson never ceased )] TJ ET BT 34.016 220.997 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(from mental fight ? nor did his sword sleep in his hand.)] TJ ET BT 34.016 186.099 Td /F3 18.0 Tf [(Notes)] TJ ET BT 48.816 155.482 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(1.)] TJ ET BT 64.016 155.477 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(E. P. 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