1973: London is drab, faded by economic decline. The optimism of the post-war boom is gone. The world is split into two opposed systems, the capitalist west and the planned economies of the east, dominated by undemocratic bureaucracies.

Eagleton’s book can act as a ’refresher course’ and a useful introduction. It is not without its faults and limits, however.

Capitalism from a social and economic standpoint has faced in the last three years one of its greatest crises in its history. This has opened an era of class struggles and major developments in consciousness in country after country and on all continents.

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