Gareth Stedman Jones

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Gareth Stedman Jones FBA (born 17 December 1942) is an English academic and historian.[1] As Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London, he deals particularly with working-class history and Marxism.[2]


Educated at St Paul's School and Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated in history in 1964, Stedman Jones went on to Nuffield College, Oxford to take a DPhil in 1970.

He moved to Cambridge in 1974, becoming a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and in 1979, a lecturer in history. He was a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford from 1967 to 1970, a senior associate member of St Antony's College, Oxford in 1971–1972, and an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Goethe University, Frankfurt in 1973–1974, before becoming a lecturer in history at Cambridge in 1979–1986 and a reader in History of Social Thought there in 1986–1997.[3] He has served as co-director of the Centre for History and Economics at King's since 1991 and held the post of professor of political science since 1997.[4]

From 1964 to 1981 Stedman Jones served on the editorial board of the New Left Review. He was a joint founder of the History Workshop Journal in 1976.

In 2018, reviewing Stedman Jones's intellectual evolution, historian Terence Renaud described a "journey from the New Left, through French structuralism, to a contextualist practice of intellectual history that leaves Marxism behind."[5]


  • Outcast London, Oxford, 1971, reprinted 1984 (with new preface), 1992 and 2002
  • Languages of Class: Studies in English Working Class History, 1832–1982, Cambridge, 1983
  • Klassen, Politik, Sprache, edited by P. Schöttler, Munster, 1988
  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto, Harmondsworth, 2002: introduction of 180 pp.
  • An End to Poverty? London, Profile Books, July 2004[6]
  • Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, published by Allan Lane, August 2016

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hunt, Tristram (28 July 2006). "Lessons for Beijing emerge from the Dickensian smog". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  2. ^ Queen Mary University of London School of History Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  3. ^ Joint Centre for History and Economics Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ "King's History Fellows". King's College. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Inflatable Marx," review of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, H-Ideas (March 2018).[1]
  6. ^ Howe, Stephen (6 August 2004). "A wealth of ideas about an age-old problem". The Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2011.