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Acknowledgements DURING the preparation of this book I have been most generously served by institutional support on both sides of the Atlantic. In the USA I was the recipient of a Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and of a grant from the Hoover Institution to study there in the summer of 1981. In Britain I have received assistance from the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy, the Twenty Seven Foundation and the Politics Department of Oxford University. Much of this support has been for essential travel to libraries and archives, and fellow historians and others will know just how invaluable that sort of help can be. In some instances the research thus facilitated was divided between the present work and a future, quite different project. I hope that in both cases those who have thus supported my research will not be too disappointed with the result.
viii Acknowledgements Kolakowski's Main Currents of Marxism, with his earlier essays, forms part of the upheaval in the European radical consciousness which has contributed so much to the subject-matter (and, doubtless, the perspective) of this book.
Acknowledgements ix justification his own emphasis: the impossibility of saying anything intelligible about the history of the popular movement in France since 1789 without a well-founded grasp of the history of socialist thought. If I have succeeded at all in conflating the two in some way which illuminates them both, the credit is his, and I am glad of the opportunity to say how and why this is so.