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 Thompson'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 Thompson's ideas.
Editors' 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 Thompson'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.