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John Saville: commitment and history
Themes from the life and work of a socialist historian

Edited by David Howell, Dianne Kirby and Kevin Morgan

coverJohn Saville (1916-2009) was one of the leading socialist academics of his generation, and one of the most influential figures in British labour history. This new collection of essays offers a variety of perspectives on his lifetime's work. A first section - commitments - assesses Saville's activities, at different times during his life, as a communist, as a founder of the New Left, and as editor (with Ralph Miliband) of the long-running Socialist Register. The middle section - themes - looks at key themes which mattered for Saville, from revolutionary anti-imperialism in India to the politics of Cold War and debates in labour history. In part three - interventions - contributors discuss Saville's contributions to contemporary historical understanding of Chartism, British labourism and the Cold War. The aim is to offer critical analysis and reflection in the tradition which Saville himself did so much to establish.

Contributors: Tony Adams, John Callaghan, Malcolm Chase, Madeleine Davis, Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, David Howell, Dianne Kirby, Colin Leys, Kevin Morgan and John Sakkas

Kevin Morgan
The good old cause
Madeleine Davis
The New Reasoner and the Early New Left
Colin Leys
'Honest socialists': John Saville and the Socialist Register
John Sakkas
The first casualty of a socialist foreign policy? Greece and Britain in the 1940s
Dianne Kirby
Islam and the Religious Cold War
Sobhanlal Datta Gupta
History re-examined: anti-imperialism, the Communist Party of India and international communism
Tony Adams
Port workers and politics: religion, casual labour and voting in English docklands, 1900-1922
Malcolm Chase
The Chartist movement and 1848
David Howell
The ideology of labourism
John Callaghan
The politics of continuity

Paperback, 224pp
Publication date: December 2010
£14.99 (Special offer £11.99)
Published in association with the Socialist History Society
Price: £11.99(list price 14.99)