Join Monthly Review Press author Cal Winslow for a discussion of his new book E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left
7 PM, April 9, 2015
Elliott Bay Books
1521 10th Ave
Cal Winslow will consider the legacy of the late historian E.P. Thompson, the writer and activist widely considered the outstanding historian writing in English in the Twentieth Century. Thompson was an historian, a public intellectual, a peace activist as well as a founder of the New Left. He remains best known as author of the magisterial The Making of the English Working Class (1963).
Cal Winslow studied with Thompson at Warwick University, where he co-authored Albion’s Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth Century England (Penguin 1975) with Thompson and others. Winslow’s latest book is E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left (Monthly Review 2014). Winslow is a Fellow in Environmental history at UC Berkeley. He is Director of the Mendocino Institute. He is author of Labor’s Civil War in California (PM Press, 2010) and an editor of Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt During the Long 1970s (Verso 2010).
Praise for E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left
“This collection introduces readers to the thought of an outstanding left historian who combined commitment with original and open-minded inquiry… his writings are indispensable weapons for a new generation of activists struggling to reinvent radicalism.”—Sheila Rowbotham, author, Dreamers of a New Day
“This invaluable anthology—a gift to the new generation—includes the legendary essays that were so seminal to the emergence of the English New Left of the late 1950s and the early 1960s. They exemplify the polemical precision and moral clarity with which Thompson opposed both dogma and concession in his quest to recover the soul of the English revolutionary tradition.”—Mike Davis, author, In Praise of Barbarians