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Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace


By Ted Benton

This new book is a contribution to the reassessment of Wallace’s legacy in the centenary year of his death. So far media coverage has focused on Wallace’s independent foundation of the theory of evolution by natural selection, and the attempts by the elite circle around Darwin to obscure Wallace’s achievement. Wallace is now fast achieving the credit that is due to him, but this book takes us much further. It shows that Wallace went on to make further major contributions to evolutionary theory and other aspects of the life sciences and, for more than half a century after the evolutionary breakthrough, became a prominent voice on the left.

From his early years he was inspired by the socialism of Robert Owen, and later was a leading campaigner for land nationalisation, Irish independence, women’s emancipation and for socialism. His thinking on all these topics was bold and original, and has much to offer for us today. It is likely that other contributions to the centenary celebrations will ignore most of this!

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