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date: 18 October 2019

Anderson, Perry (1938– ) British Marxist historian and leading exponent 

A Dictionary of Critical Theory

Ian Buchanan

of *historical materialism. Few (if any) scholars display a comparable grasp of both the broad sweep of world history and its finer nation-specific details, and fewer still have his command of the vast literature—in several European languages—devoted to the subject. A prolific essayist, Anderson has written about an astonishing range of subjects. It was his early essays on British national culture (which became part of what is now known as the Nairn-Anderson theses) that propelled him into mainstream attention. These essays, particularly ‘Origins of the Present Crisis’ (... ...

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