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04th December 2014

Richard Taylor (1964, PPE) publishes E. P. Thompson and English Radicalism

Professor Richard Taylor (1964, PPE) has edited a book with Roger Fieldhouse on British historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner E. P. Thompson.

E. P. Thompson and English Radicalism¬†marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of E. P. Thompson’s most famous book, The Making of the English Working Class.

It was a highly-influential work which contributed significantly to a revolution in the way history was studied, not only in Britain but in many countries. Instead of viewing history solely in terms of kings, courtiers, aristocrats and politicians, historians began to consider the perspective of the common people. E. P. Thompson and English radicalism gathers together a selection of leading authors from a diverse range of disciplines to critically review not only this pivotal work, but the wide range of his career, including his experience as an adult educator, writer, poet and critic. His involvement in the early New Left, his political theories, his socialist humanism and his concept of class are all interrogated fully.

Among the book’s contributors is Michael Newman, who, like Professor Taylor, read PPE at Exeter in 1964.

You can read more about this collection of essays and purchase a copy here.

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