Political Studies Association
Labour Movements Group Seminar
The Old and the New Left: James Klugmann and E. P. Thompson
Queen Mary College, London
France House Seminar Room
Wednesday 9 March 2016, 2.00 – 5.00 pm
The Labour Movements Group is pleased to host a discussion of two recent books* on important figures in the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ lefts. James Klugmann was a leading member of the Communist Party of Great Britain until the 1970s and author of the first two volumes of the Party history. The historian Edward Thompson was a leading figure in the revolt inside the CPGB in 1956-57 and subsequently one of the key figures in the New Left and the peace movement.
2.00 James Klugmann: The Shadow Man
Geoff Andrews, Open University
2.40 Discussant: Kevin Morgan, University of Manchester followed by general discussion
3.40 E.P. Thompson: A Twentieth Century Romantic
Christos Efstathiou, University of Warwick
4.20 Discussant: Madeleine Davis, Queen Mary College followed by general discussion
Andrews, G. (2015) The Shadow Man: At the Heart of the Cambridge Spy Circle, London: IB Tauris, hbk.
Efstathiou, C. (2015) E. P. Thompson: A Twentieth Century Romantic, Brecon: Merlin Press, hbk.
John Kelly and Mark Wickham-Jones
PSA Labour Movements Group