London seminar: The Old and the New Left: James Klugmann and E. P. Thompson

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

3.20     Break

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

5.00     Close


*Publication details:

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

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