Perry Anderson

Perry Anderson is the author of, among other books, Spectrum, Lineages of the Absolutist State, Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism, Considerations on Western Marxism, English Questions, The Origins of Postmodernity, and The New Old World. He teaches history at UCLA and is on the editorial board of New Left Review.


  • From Parliamentary Socialism to Corbynmania: Verso's 'History of the Labour Party' reading list

    From the dark-days of entrenched Blairism to the most unlikely superstar in contemporary politics, the recent history of the Labour party has been nothing if not unpredictable. With Corbynmania sweeping the land over 600,000 ballots are currently being sent out to Labour members and supporters (around a third of which only registered this week) amid trumped-up talk of left entryism. Corbyn's lead now appears to be unassailable but in an ever more hostile media environment and with top Labour figures plotting immediate coups, the future direction of the party is finely balanced. To understand how we got here a thorough understanding of the history of the Labour Party is vital. It's just as well, then, that we've put together this Verso reading list...

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  • Interview with Perry Anderson in the Italian Magazine L'espresso

    Italy is not an anomaly in Europe, but something like a concentrate of it, runs the central argument of Perry Anderson's recent article, mistitled "The Italian Disaster, in the London Review of Books,. In a recent interview with Leonardo Clausi for the Italian news magazine L'espresso, Anderson comments on the European elections and the new President of the European Council, Matteo Renzi.

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  • New Left Review — Special Issue out now

    NLR 83, Sept-Oct 2013

    Perry Anderson: American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers

    The latest issue of the journal is devoted to a two-part study of American foreign policy by Perry Anderson. The first text, ‘Imperium’ examines the objectives and outcomes of US world power, from the closing stages of the Second World War through to the present; the second, ‘Consilium’, engages with the mainstream literature on America’s role in the world and the assumptions of its practitioners. 

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