The Making of the English Working Class
E.P Thompson 1963 864p 5 x 8
In this classic, Thompson concentrates on the artisan and working class of England in the formative years of 1780-1832. In contrast to many historians of the same period and topic, Thompson tries to give insight into the day to day life of people, not merely treating them as statistics. ‘I am seeking to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the “obsolete” hand-loom weaver, the “utopian” artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity.’ The marxism of this book is an attempt to rescue it from the nightmare of Stalinism.
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