Synopses & Reviews
Customs in Common
is the remarkable companion to E.P. Thompson's landmark volume of social history, The Making of the English Working Class
. The product of years of research and debate, Customs in Common
describes the complex culture from which working-class institutions emerged in England—a panoply of traditions and customs that the new working class fought to preserve well into Victorian times.
In a text marked by both empathy and erudition, Thompson investigates the gradual disappearance of a range of cultural customs against the backdrop of the great upheavals of the eighteenth century. Essential reading for all those intrigued by English history, Customs in Common has a special relevance today, as traditional economies are being replaced by market economies throughout the developing world.
One of this century's foremost historians describes the complex culture from which working class institutions emerged in England.
About the Author
was one of England's foremost historians and social critics. He was the author of many books, including The Making of the English Working Class
and Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law
, published by The New Press.