Spectrum: From Left to Right in the World of Ideas
by Perry Anderson, a review from The Atlantic Monthly by Christopher Hitchens.
"In 1986 the New School in New York managed to assemble a quartet of scholars to discuss the state of 'radical history.' This must have been the only occasion upon which Americans could have witnessed Christopher Hill, Eric Hobsbawm, and Edward Thompson ??? the three giants of the English Marxist school ??? on the same platform. The other, younger participant, Perry Anderson, modestly refers to them in this book as 'the three doyens.' Yet by then he had already caught and held the attention of a new audience, with the publication of two works of macro-historiography, Passages From Antiquity to Feudalism and Lineages of the Absolutist State. And it was his own contribution on that occasion that far outshone those of the senior members." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.