[Marxism] Query on British historiography

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 9 18:40:20 MDT 2009


Andy Newman, the Socialist Unity blogger, has posted a number of 
articles recently that can best be described as pro-WWII, for lack of a 
better term. In other words, it is the classic CP position even though 
Newman has not exactly been associated with the CP.

One article is distinctly odd. Festooned with a picture of the dreadful 
Winston Churchill, it characterizes him as a virtual Lincoln leading a 
war of social emancipation that led to the decolonization of India, 
bolstering of trade unions in Britain, etc.

My question is whether there has ever been a "revisionist" tendency in 
Britain that is the counterpart of William A. Williams, Gar Alperovitz, 
Gabriel Kolko et al in the USA? Was the fact of Britain remaining a 
peripheral player in Vietnam an influence on British historians in not 
getting to the root of imperialist war? Did the continuing respect 
accorded the CP historian's school (Hobsbawm, Hill, Thompson) cause 
younger historians to be more respectful to the "Good War" than was 
appropriate? Etc., etc.




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