Contents: I. Tributes to Victor G. Kiernan: 1. Understanding the human record/Prakash Karat. 2. Victor Kiernan/Eric Hobsbawm. 3. Seeing things historically/Harvey J. Kaye. II. Essays by Victor G. Kiernan: 1. Marx and India. 2. Marx, Engels, and the Indian mutiny. 3. India and the labour party. 4. After the mutiny. 5. Faiz Ahmed 'Faiz'. 6. Iqbal as prophet of change: the message of the East. 7. The Communist Party of India and the Second World War. 8. Reminiscences of India. Appendix. Index.
"This volume is to honour Victor Kiernan, one of the most distinguished Marxist historians alive - a member, along with Eric Hobsbawm, of the famous British Communist Party Historians' Group of the 1940s, consisting of E.P. Thompson, Christopher Hill, Rodney Hilton, George Rude, A.L. Morton and others. Kiernan, as Christopher Hill observed, 'is one of the most versatile of British historians', and his interests spread across time and continents. Reproduced here is a selection of Kiernan's historical writings on India, on the Urdu poets Faiz and Iqbal, and his reminiscences of his India years. The volume also contains an appreciation of the historian and the man by Eric Hobsbawm; a lengthy study of Kiernan's work by Harvey J. Kaye; and an introduction by the editor.
"Across Time and Continents is a delightful introduction to an outstanding historian of the Marxist school, one of the finest writers of English prose, and a fighter for a better world." (jacket)