New Left and Cultural Studies in Britain (Historical Sources)

September 8, 2012

I spent the summer reading about the New Left in Britain from 1958 to 1963 and its links with the emergence of Cultural Studies. The 1950s was a very conservative time in Britain but that began to break up towards the end of the decade. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) started to organize protest marches and actions. Its peace sign was soon recognized everywhere. Raymond Williams participated in the marches and wrote: “It is all a glorious and lively muddle, changing character continuously, full of serious differences within itself, but recognizable as a social mood absolutely different from that obtaining at the begining of the 1950s.” (Partisan Review 1960)    

 Among the historical sources online you’ll find:

The New Reasoner

Universities and Left Review

Fabian Society Tracts


Britain and the Nuclear Bombs, by J.P. Priestley

Britain without the Bomb, by John Rex

Why do I demonstrate?, by Raymond Williams

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