Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Friday, February 06, 2015

Scott McLemee and The History of the Ten Years

The early French socialist politician and historian Louis Blanc - I think he was one of the first (if not the first) socialists to get elected into a position of office in government in world history (during the 1848 revolutions) - once wrote a volume of political history called The History of the Ten Years about French politics c1830-1840. It's not bad - but unless you have an unusual interest in the details of French political history in this period, its not essential reading for socialists today. Anyway, on the subject of reviewing the past ten years, the American Marxist Scott McLemee has marked the fact that he has been writing his 'Intellectual Affairs' column for Inside Higher Education with a round up of his best columns over the past decade - again its probably not essential reading for socialists, but Scott writes so well, and with a fine nose for detecting bullshit - particularly academic bullshit - so its well worth checking out - see here

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