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The Making of the English Working Class (1963)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394703227, Paperback)"Thompson's book has been called controversial, but perhaps only because so many have forgotten how explosive England was during the Regency and the early reign of Victoria. Without any reservation, The Making of the English Working Class is the most important study of those days since the classic work of the Hammonds."--Commentary
"Mr. Thompson's deeply human imagination and controlled passion help us to recapture the agonies, heroisms and illusions of the working class as it made itself. No one interested in the history of the English people should fail to read his book."--London Times Literary Supplement
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One of the most influential social commentaries ever written, E. P. Thompson?s approach to the history of the common people, its arguments, and its methods cemented his place as an essential twentieth-century intellectual During the formative years of the Industrial Revolution, English workers and artisans claimed a place in society that would shape the following centuries. But the capitalist elite did not form the working class?the workers shaped their own creations, developing a shared identity in the process. Despite their lack of power and the indignity forced upon them by the upper classes, the working class emerged as England?s greatest cultural and political force. Crucial to contemporary trends in all aspects of society, at the turn of the nineteenth century, these workers united into the class that we recognize all across the Western world today. E. P. Thompson?s magnum opus, The Making of the English Working Class defined early twentieth-century English social and economic history, leading many to consider him Britain?s greatest postwar historian. Its publication in 1963 was highly controversial in academia, but the work has become a seminal text on the history of the working class. It remains incredibly relevant to the social and economic issues of current times, with the Guardian saying upon the book?s fiftieth anniversary that it (3zscontinues to delight and inspire new readers.(3y.
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