Thompson, E.P. The Making of the English Working Class. London: Victor Gollancz, 1963. First Edition. 8vo. Hardback. Good+ / Good. 848pp, original buckram in DJ, title, author and publisher in gilt to spine.
DJ slightly chipped to foot of upper panel, with light foxing to lower panel, spine slightly dulled, internally bright and clean.
Thompson’s magnum opus, a highly influential evaluation which set out to ‘rescue’ the working class from the ‘enormous condescension of posterity. Their crafts and traditions may have been dying. Their hostility to the new industrialism may have been backward-looking. Their communitarian ideals may have been fantasies. Their insurrectionary conspiracies may have been foolhardy. But they lived through these times of acute social disturbance, and we did not. Their aspirations were valid in terms of their own experience; and, if they were casualties of history, they remain, condemned in their own lives, as casualties’ (pages 12-13)