[Marxism] Query on British historiography
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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