The work of E. P. Thompson as historian, socialist and peace activist has been enormously influential. Yet attempts to assess the impact of his work as a whole -- perhaps because of the very diversity of his contributions -- have been rare. This book attempts such an evaluation, bringing together a range of authors who, in original essays, assess the main dimensions of Thompsona s work. Contributors include, Harvey Kaye, Keith McClelland, Renato Rosaldo, Kate Soper, Robbie Gray, Martin Shaw, Catherine Hall, Geoff Eley, and John Goode. The book is written from a critical but sympathetic standpoint. It makes a very substantial contribution to the scholarly and practical appraisal of Thompsona s ideas.
Harvey J. Kaye is an American historian and sociologist. He is currently the Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Editorsa Preface. Introduction by Keith McClelland. 1. Edward Thompson, Social History and Political Culture: Geoff Eley. 2. How Classes are Made: William H. Sewell, Jr. 3. The Tale of Samuel and Jemima: Catherine Hall. 4. Celebrating Thompsona s Heroes: Renato Rosaldo. 5. Falling Through the Cracks: Ellen Meiksins Wood. 6. History, Marxism and Theory: Robbie Gray. 7. E. P. Thompson and the Significance of Literature: John Goode. 8. Socialist Humanism: Kate Soper. 9. From Total War to Democratic Peace: Martin Shaw. 10. E. P. Thompson, The British Marxist Historical Tradition: Harvey J. Kaye.