Fifty years since first publication, E. P. Thompson's revolutionary
account of working-class culture and ideals is published in Penguin
Modern Classics, with a new introduction by historian Michael Kenny. This
classic and imaginative account of working-class society in its
formative years, 1780 to 1832, revolutionized our understanding of
English social history.
E. P. Thompson shows how the working class took part in its own making and re-creates the whole-life experience of people who suffered loss of status and freedom, who underwent degradation, and who yet created a cultured and political consciousness of great vitality.
Reviews:'A dazzling vindication of the lives and aspirations of the then - and now once again - neglected culture of working-class England' Martin Kettle, Observer 'Superbly readable . . . a moving account of the culture of the self-taught in an age of social and intellectual deprivation' Asa Briggs, Financial Times'
The Making of the English Working Class - E. P. Thompson
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