ALL HAIL E.P.THOMPSON: ‘THE MAKING IS 50 YEARS OLD

Top geezer, wondrful book, – big influence on my politics

The Making, with its preface so memorably declaring the book’s intention “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”.

you did mate.

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4 responses to “ALL HAIL E.P.THOMPSON: ‘THE MAKING IS 50 YEARS OLD

  1. Just got a 2nd hand copy for £2 on Amazon.

  2. b

    Anyone got EP’s ‘Warwick University Limited’ and the energy to put it online? Cheapest I can find it for is ~£18 including postage. Sounds a good read. Published by Penguin (!) in 1971.

  3. I never read this, having always found Brit/English history utterly dry, tedious and un-radical, all Gove-esque ‘Kings and Queens’, whereas continental Europe is filled with the shining brilliance of many a radical movement- though I know I’m wrong, and our class history has been willfully written out of the textbooks by the Oxbridge mafia. I guess I’ll just have to add him to my bookish ‘bucket-list’…

    • Aidan

      Incubus – “The world turned upside down” by Christopher Hill on radical movements in the 17th century. Changed my ideas of Brit history. Hill was an Oxbridge Marxist but read it anyway.

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