This classic and imaginative account of working-class society in its formative years, 1780 to 1832, revolutionised 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.
Professor Sir Roger Scruton FBA, Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
“E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class is a seminal attempt to write bottom-up history from a Marxist perspective. Written with feeling and insight it is also a record of the author’s struggle with frozen Marxist categories, which gradually soften under the influence of his warm emotions to fit the human realities. I disagree with it profoundly, and learn from it continually.”