Some reasons for the controversy over ‘English Individualism’. The controversy
over my argument in ‘Origins of English Individualism’; the large number of
reviews. The book hit a chord at the time (1978), the end of the socialist
phase when Marxism was very strong and had swung too far, the anti-revolution
of Thatcherism; people were looking for a political philosophy as alternative
to Marxism. Sir Keith Joseph impressed by the book and ordered top civil servants
to read it. The English were always different; accusations of being a ‘Little
Englander’. The essay in ‘The Culture of Capitalism’ was the reply to my reviewers.