James Heartfield

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Writer James Heartfield lives in North London

James Heartfield (born 1961 in Leeds) is a British writer and lecturer. He has published widely on international politics and Empire. He wrote The Aborigines' Protection Society, 1837-1909 (Hurst, 2011) and An Unpatriotic History of the Second World War (ZER0, 2012). His Ph.D. thesis (awarded by the University of Westminster) was published as The European Union and the End of Politics, by ZER0 in 2013.

Heartfield has written for Art Review, Spiked Online, and The Times Education Supplement. Heartfield has had articles published in The Guardian, the Telegraph, The Times, Blueprint, the Architects' Journal, the Review of Radical Political Economy, Rising East,[1] Cultural Trends, and the Platypus Review.

Heartfield has been critical of government policies on the creative industries, talking and writing on the illusions of the knowledge economy. In the 1980s he was a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.[2] Nick Bell named Heartfield as "one of the most important commentators on design".[3] In May 2006, with Julia Svetlichnaja he interviewed the Russian dissident, Alexander Litvinenko. The interviews were published after Litvinenko's death.[4]

He lives in north London and is married with two daughters, Holly and Daisy.


  • The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society London Hurst Books/Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Who's Afraid of the Easter Rising? (with Kevin Rooney), London Zer0, Books, 2015
  • The European Union and the End of Politics London, Zer0 Books, 2013
  • British Workers & the US Civil War London, Reverspective, 2013
  • Unpatriotic History of the Second World War London, Zer0 Books, 2012
  • The Aborigines' Protection Society: Humanitarian Imperialism in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, South Africa, and the Congo, 1836-1909 Hurst (London), and Columbia University Press (New York), 2011
  • Green Capitalism: manufacturing scarcity in an age of abundance Openmute, 2008
  • Let's Build! Why we need Five Million Homes in the next 10 Years (Audacity, 2006)
  • Escape the Creative Ghetto, with Chris Powell, NESTA, 2006
  • Creativity Gap Blueprint, 2005
  • The "Death of the Subject" Explained Sheffield Hallam University Press, 2002
  • Great Expectations: the creative industries in the New Economy London, Design Agenda, 2000
  • Need and Desire in the Post-material Economy Sheffield Hallam University Press, 1998
  • Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Ageco-editor with Ian Abley, London, John Wiley, 2002.

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