Ellen Meiksins Wood, who has died aged 73, was a noted intellectual figure on the international left who influenced several generations of thinkers and activists.
Born in New York as Ellen Meiksins one year after her parents, Latvian Jews active in the Bund, arrived as political refugees, Wood studied in California before establishing herself as an academic in Canada, based at York University in Toronto.
Her writings were thought-provoking and luminous.
She first came to a wide left audience with The Retreat from Class: A New “True” Socialism (1986). This was a collection of her