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Jonathan Sperber has so far been mainly known as a historian of 19th-century Germany, and of the Rhineland in particular.
The first thing that stands out from this study is how passionate and volcanic was E. P. Thompson’s intellectual life as a historian, Marxist thinker, and informed campaigner. He was devoted to reason. Indeed, one of the left-wing journals with which he was involved was entitled The New Reasoner.