EP Thompson

The Poverty of Theory and Other Essays - E.P. Thompson

Collection of essays by English Marxist historian E.P. Thompson, including his popular polemic against Louis Althusser.

Senex's Letters on Associated Labour

The oldest complete work of socialist economic theory

The Ghosts of Peterloo

EP Thompson's landmark essay exonerating the Peterloo martyrs and incriminating the authorities.

Elegy for E.P. Thompson

Midnight Notes critique E.P. Thompson's writing on the nuclear war industry.

Would-be Revolution - Peter Pluscardin

Peter Pluscardin reviews EP Thomason’s ‘The Making of the English Working Class’ for Anarchy in 1964.

Telling the truth about class - Gáspár Miklós Tamás

Rousseau vs. Marx

G.M. Tamás argues that all socialist endeavours can be divided between Rousseauian and Marxian ones. Rousseau seeks to replace stratified society with the people, while Marx believes that capitalist society might end by one of its fundamental classes, the proletariat, abolishing itself.

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary - E. P. Thompson

William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1955) E. P. Thompson

Part of the series of biographies of William Morris. Thompson's first major work of scholarship was his biography of William Morris, written while he was a member of the Communist Party. Subtitled From Romantic to Revolutionary, it was part of an effort by the Communist Party Historians' Group, inspired by Torr, to emphasise the domestic roots of Marxism in Britain at a time when the Communist Party was under attack for always following the Moscow line.

The moral economy of the English crowd in the eighteenth century - E. P. Thompson

E. P. Thompson's ground-breaking article on the English food riots of the 1700 and 1800s.

Customs in common - E. P. Thompson

Eighteenth-century Britain saw a profound distancing between the culture of the patricians and the plebs. E. P. Thompson explains why in this series of brilliant essays on the customs of the working people, which, he argues, emerged as a culture of resistance towards an innovative market economy.

The English working class - Tom Nairn

Match girls' strike, London 1888

"The passage of the early English working class from revolt to political integration is often explained solely by Britain's ascendancy as the first major imperialist power. In this essay Nairn focuses upon the political culture which British workers inherited from the British bourgeois class and argues that this was a crucial element in its domestication. Taking as his starting point Edward Thompson's pioneering and influential work The making of the English working class he seeks to demonstrate that 'history from below' must be complemented by a 'history from above'."