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New Left Review I/35, January-February 1966

Perry Anderson

Socialism and Pseudo-Empiricism

In a voice choking with anger, Edward Thompson has denounced the historical and theoretical work on British society developed in this review. In twenty years of public life, no other group or individual has earned the kind of unprovoked attack he has launched over some fifty pages of the Socialist Register 1965. Certainly, no opponent on the Right has ever aroused this fixity of passion and rancour. It has been reserved, apparently, for fellow-socialists.

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