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Perry Anderson: On E.P. Thompson

21 October 1993
... in the spring of 1980. The journal organised an international debate around it. A book appeared, with Edward’s conclusion. The rift was over. In 1986 we met in New York. Christopher Hill, Eric Hobsbawm, he and I had been brigaded to discuss agendas for radical history at the New School. In the overflowing auditorium, hanging on his words, he was die image of a romantic orator: his bursts ...

Wrecking Ball

Adam Shatz: Trump’s Racism

6 September 2017
... Confederacy has never died: the vision of Herrenvolk democracy has continued to smoulder since Union troops left the vanquished but still defiant South, scarcely a decade after the end of the war. Eric Foner has described the Reconstruction era, when ex-slaves became citizens and the first biracial Southern governments were elected to power, as America’s ‘unfinished revolution’. The battle ...

Diary

Alan Bennett: What I did in 2004

6 January 2005
... at the gates with the bill. We ought to know the name of the official who dreamed up this little wheeze so as to watch out for him in a forthcoming Honours List. As it is we can only be grateful that Nelson Mandela wasn’t imprisoned in England or he would have been bankrupted on his release. 12 August. While it ought to be a pleasant place to shop, Marylebone High Street is spoiled by the people who ...

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