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"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
Posted June 6, 2001
This is book is a true classic. It combines a deep and thoughtful study of the period in question. Its also witty and humourous, and at times deeply moving. Particular stand out chapters include the story of the Luddities ('an army of redressers') and his analysis of the financial and material circumstance of those dispossed by the industrial revolution. History can be many things. Thompson prooves that it can be passionate and moving, as well as deeply thought provoking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.