The ''New Left Review'' is a British bimonthly journal of ideas covering world politics, economy, and culture, which was established in 1960.



As part of the British "New Left" a number of new journals emerged to carry commentary on matters of Marxist theory. One of these was ''The Reasoner,'' a magazine established by historians E. P. Thompson and John Saville in July 1956. A total of three quarterly issues was produced. This publication was expanded and further developed from 1957 to 1959 as ''The New Reasoner,'' with an additional ten issues being produced. Another radical journal of the period was ''Universities and Left Review'', a publication established in 1957 with less of a sense of allegiance to the British communist tradition. This publication was more youth-oriented and pacifist in orientation, expressing opposition to the militaristic rhetoric of the Cold War, voicing strong opposition to the 1956 Suez War, and support for the emerging Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.


''New Left Review'' was established in January 1960 when ''The New Reasoner'' and ''Universities and Left Review'' merged their boards. The first editor-in-chief of the merged publication was Stuart Hall. The early publication's style, featuring illustrations on the cover and in the interior layout, was more irreverent and free-flowing than later issues of the publication, which tended to be of a more somber, academic bent. Hall was succeeded as editor in 1962 by Perry Anderson.

Since 2008

''New Left Review'' has followed the economic crisis as well as its global political repercussions. An essay by Wolfgang Streeck (issue 71) was called "the most powerful description of what has gone wrong in western societies" by the ''Financial Times''s contributor Christopher Caldwell. Its contributors include Terry Eagleton, Vivek Chibber, Tariq Ali, Robin Blackburn and others.

Abstracting and indexing

In 2003, the magazine ranked 12th by impact factor on a list of the top 20 political science journals in the world. Though, by 2018 the ''Journal Citation Reports'' ranked ''New Left Review'''s impact factor at 1.967, ranking it 51st out of 176 journals in the category "Political Science".


Further reading

* Birchall, Ian
"New Left Review: The Search for Theory"
''International Socialism'', Issue 115, 2 July 2007 * Blackledge, Paul (2004). ''Perry Anderson, Marxism and the New Left'', Merlin Press. * * Collini, Stefan
"A Life in Politics: The New Left Review at 50"
''The Guardian'', 13 February 2010. * * * Saval, Nikil
"On The New Left Review"
''n+1'', October 6, 2009. * Thompson, Duncan (2007). ''Pessimism of the Intellect? A History of New Left Review'', Merlin Press. *

External links

Official site
''New Left Review''
Online archive
''New Left Review''

Amiel Melburn Trust Internet Archive

Amiel Melburn Trust Internet Archive
Text of the March 1993 resignation of the majority of the editorial committee.
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