Holding Fast to an Image of the Past: Explorations in the Marxist Tradition

Holding Fast to an Image of the Past: Explorations in the Marxist Tradition

by Neil Davidson


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In this wide-ranging book of essays, Deutscher prize-winning author Neil Davidson offers theoretical reinterpretations and appraisals of key thinkers and themes of interest to contemporary radicals. Throughout Davidson demonstrates the enduring explanatory power of the Marxist understanding of history. Topics include Adam Smith, Eric Hobsbawm, Antonio Gramsci, Naomi Klein, and Marx and Engels' views on the Scottish Highlands

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608463336
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Neil Davidson is the author of The Origins of Scottish Nationhood (2000), Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Prize, and How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? (2012). Davidson lectures in Sociology in the School of Political and Social Science at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Tom Nairn and the Inevitability of Nationalism 1

2 Marx and Engels on the Scottish Highlands 45

3 The Prophet, His Biographer, and the Watchtower: Isaac Deutscher's Biography of Leon Trotsky 81

4 There's No Place Like the United States Today: Victor Kiernan and Neil Smith on US Imperialism 111

5 Carnival, March, Riot: David Renton on the Anti-Nazi League 121

6 Alasdair MacIntyre as a Marxist 129

7 Reimagined Communities: Benedict Anderson's Theory of Nationalism 183

8 Walter Benjamin and the Classical Marxist Tradition 205

9 Shock and Awe: Naomi Klein's Interpretation of Neoliberalism 229

10 Antonio Gramsci's Reception in Scotland 253

11 Women and the Lost World of Scottish Communism: Neil Rafeek's Communist Women in Scotland 287

12 Eric Hobsbawm's Unanswered Question 301

13 The Posthumous Adventures of Adam Smith 317

Notes 345

Index 405

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