Across Time and Continents

A Tribute to Victor G. Kiernan

Prakash Karat


LeftWord Books, 2003

viii+255 pages

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This volume is to honour Victor Kiernan, one of the most distinguished Marxist historians; a member, along with Eric Hobsbawm, of the famous British Communist Party Historians' Group of the 1940s, consisting of E. P. Thompson, Christopher Hill, Rodney Hilton, George Rude, A.L. Morton and others.

Kiernan, as Christopher Hill observed, 'is one of the most versatile of British historians', and his interests spread across time and continents.

Reproduced here is a selection of Kiernan's historical writings on India, on the Urdu poets Faiz and Iqbal, and his reminiscences of his India years. The volume also contains an appreciation of the historian and the man by Eric Hobsbawm; a lengthy study of Kiernan's work by Harvey J. Kaye; and an Introduction by the editor.

Across Time and Continents is a delightful introduction to an outstanding historian of the Marxist school, one of the finest writers of English prose, and a fighter for a better world.

Prakash Karat

Prakash Karat is a member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He served as General Secretary of the party from 2005 to 2015. He is the author of Language and Nationality Politics in India (1972) and Subordinate Ally: The Nuclear Deal and India-US Strategic Relations (LeftWord 2008), and editor of A World to Win—Essays on the Communist Manifesto (LeftWord 1999) and Across Time and Continents: A Tribute to Victor Kiernan (LeftWord 2003). He is Managing Director of Naya Rasta Publishers Private Limited, of which LeftWord Books is an imprint.


"Across Time and Continents is a wonderfully pleasant tribute to a leading Marxist historian and a friend of the people of India and South Asia."— The Hindu

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