Ralph Miliband

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Ralph Miliband

Belgian-born sociologist known as a prominent Marxist thinker add

Category: Philosophy

Born in 1924.

Countries: United Kingdom (62%), Belgium (23%), (15%)

Main connections: Royal Navy, Ed Miliband, London School of Economics

Linked to: Acton Technical College, Brunel University, Labour Party, University of Cambridge




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Ralph Miliband was born in 1924 add something


She was embarrassed by having to work in this profession, hiding it from her neighbours, but required the extra income due to the economic troubles of the Great Depression during the 1930s add something


Miliband was born in Belgium, to working class Polish-Jewish immigrants, but Miliband and his father fled to Britain in 1940 to avoid persecution from the invading Nazi Germany add something


In May 1940, following the outbreak of World War II, the armies of Nazi Germany invaded Belgium, and the Miliband family, being Jewish, decided to flee the country from the anti-Semitic Nazi authorities add something


Learning to speak English, Ralph gained a place at Acton Technical College in west London with the help of the International Commission for Refugees in January 1941 add something


After serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, he gained British citizenship and settled in London in 1946 add something


After three years' service in the Royal Navy during the war, Miliband resumed his studies at the LSE and graduated with a First in 1947 add something


He became a naturalised British subject on 28 September 1948 add something


In 1949 he was offered the post of an Assistant Lectureship in Political Science at the LSE. add something


Miliband was on the British New Left during the 1950s, alongside the likes of E. P. Thompson and John Saville, with whom he launched the "New Reasoner" and the "New Left Review" add something


By the 1960s, he was a prominent member of the New Left movement in Britain, which was critical of established Stalinist governments in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc add something


In 1961, Miliband published "Parliamentary Socialism", which examined the role that the Labour Party played in British politics and society add something


He set up the "Socialist Register" with Saville in 1964 and was influenced by the American sociologist C. Wright Mills, of whom he was a friend add something


In 1967 he wrote in the "Socialist Register" that "the US has over add something


He left the LSE in 1972, having found himself torn by the controversies which had beleaguered the institution over the preceding few years, to take up the post of Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds add something


Ed Miliband - Ralph Miliband left his academic career at the London School of Economics in 1972 to take up a post at Leeds University as a Professor of Politics


In 1985 he published the essay "The New Revisionism in Britain" add something

Ralph Miliband died in 1994 add something


His elder son, David was elected Labour MP for South Shields in 2001 add something


His younger son, Ed, was elected a Labour MP for the Doncaster North seat in 2005 add something


From 2006 to 2010 he served in the cabinet, latterly as Foreign Secretary add something


From 2007 to 2008 he served as Minister for the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office and drafted Labour's manifesto for the 2010 general election add something


In October 2008 Ed was promoted to the position of Secretary of the newly formed Department of Energy and Climate Change add something


Both his sons, David and Ed Miliband went on to become senior members of the Labour Party following their father's death, with the latter defeating the former to be elected party leader in 2010 add something


On 27 September 2013, the "Daily Mail" published an article disputing Ralph Miliband's patriotism add something