Harvey Kaye's work on the British Marxist Historians should be required reading for any kind of advanced study into any kind of history. By looking at several of the 'Marxist' historians that worked in Britain in the post-war period, Kaye reviews the work of several formidable intellectuals. The two most famous are of course Eric Hobsbawm, who continues to write and lecture today, and Edward (or E.P.) Thompson, whose study "The Making of the English Working Class" was a seminal work in British Social History.
The pioneering concept of 'history from below' - the study essentially of the thoughts, actions and impact of the common people, was created by these Historians. It was a revoltionary historiographical tool. Thompson's study of working class radicalism, a classic text using history from below. Whatever the criticisms of this work (and there are many) it remains a pioneering work of history.
Kaye's work on these historians is an assesment of their work, lives and impact. As Marxists, many remained faithful to their original decision to become Communists. Several left the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1956 in protest at the revelations of Stalin's atrocities as well as the invasion of Hungary in November of that year. But their work was deeply influenced by their Marxist outlook, and Kaye examines this in great detail.
An excellent work in historiographical analysis.