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Terry Eagleton came to the Marxist movement during the early and mid-1970s in the shadow of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland and the worldwide energy crisis. In his introduction to Marxist Literary Theory (1996), co-edited with Drew Milne, Eagleton points out that while political Marxism seemed at that time to resemble an unknowingly ill beast destined to succumb to the economic policies of the Reagan–Thatcher era during the following decade. However, Eagleton contends, the capitalist movement did not signify the end of Marxism but rather forced critics to redefine it. He admits that it is now much more difficult to establish what constitutes Marxism (1996a: 3).