Introduction by Tristram Hunt

Gareth Stedman Jones’s new biography of Karl Marx is a remarkable work of intellectual history and critical analysis. Rooting Marx within his nineteenth-century political and cultural context, Stedman Jones brilliantly draws out Marx’s contributions as economic historian, radical polemicist, and political actor – as well as husband, son, father and friend. It is a complete life of Karl Marx which both understands the man and challenges the legacy. As such, it represents the culmination of Stedman Jones’s academic career as historian of nineteenth-century thought, chronicler of Outcast London, sceptical friend of socialism, and a scholar determined to undo the Anglo centricity of British historicism with a keen reading of European currents. This conversation explores the origins and nature of Stedman Jones’s biography – and some contemporary reflections on capitalism, feminism, and the Left.


sterdman-jones-garethGareth Stedman Jones is Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London. He is also a founder editor of the History Workshop JournalHe is the author of several books, including the now classic Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society


tristram-huntTristram Hunt is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is an intellectual and cultural historian, with a particular focus on the urban past. Hunt is currently the MP for Stoke on Trent Central.

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