Paul Blackledge

The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time

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István Mészáros, Monthly Review Press, £16.95

Since 1971 István Mészáros has been centrally concerned to explain and combat what he calls the "global structural crisis of capital". His attempt to understand this phenomenon informed the publication of two important books, The Power of Ideology and Beyond Capital. These works were written from a classical Marxist perspective and were intended to renew Marxist ideas in the modern context. And, whatever their faults, they show the continuing vitality of Marx's revolutionary theory.

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Review of 'Spectrum', Perry Anderson, Verso £25

Perry Anderson edited New Left Review (NLR) from 1962 to 1983 and again between 2000 and 2004. He has remained the intellectual powerhouse behind what is the most important journal of academic Marxism in the English-speaking world.

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