Edward P. Thompson

Social Historian and Writer
  • 1983Spring
  • 1983Summer

Edward P. Thompson was a noted British social historian, prolific writer, socialist, and advocate of peace. Thompson’s most enduring and popular work is The Making of the English Working Class (1963). At several hundred pages, the tome tells the longtime ignored history of the working class and opened up the field of social history when it was published. Even though the book is now more than 50 years old, it remains on book lists at numerous colleges and universities and continues to shape how people learn and think about history. Some of Thompson’s other works are The Poverty of Theory, Writing by Candlelight, Making History: Writings on History and Culture, and Beyond the Cold War.

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