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Customs in Common: Studies in Traditional Popular Culture

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Customs in Common is the remarkable sequel to E.P. Thompson’s influential, 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 p ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by The New Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Jan 21, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
It's amazing how history reads when you actually think of people as people.
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Dec 27, 2008 Larry Lamar Yates rated it really liked it
E.P. Thompson, a scholar-activist, may be one of the most underestimated figures of the twentieth century. He certainly played a far greater role in ending the Cold War than anyone in Washington, while at the same working as a historian to bring to light the “common” people of his own national past. If part of your heritage is from England, you owe yourself a look at his work, especially if you think of your ancestors as particularly rational, orderly, and unsuperstitious.
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
Interesting look at the commons and customs of the people who lived on the commons and were slowly pushed off them. really obscure at times--things i've never heard of--but also very interesting. I feel that the writing was academic and dry at times, but still thought provoking with copious research. Wanna know more about the commons? I recommend.
Kate Savage
Nov 17, 2013 Kate Savage rated it really liked it
The question of the commons is one of the most important political and social projects for us right now. Leftists romanticize them and capitalists call them a tragedy.

This book shows the way they functioned to give average people dignity and security -- within limits. Read this book so that when you talk about the commons you don't say something stupid.
May 02, 2008 Tessa rated it liked it
E.P. Thompson is a joy to read; he writes so well and is always able to stick something witty in with what he's trying to explain. This book is a compliation of many of his essays, including "Patricians and the Plebs," "The Moral Economy of the English Crowd in the Eighteenth Century," and "The Sale of Wives!"
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Invaluable book for understanding both the plebeian culture surrounding the Enclosure and the process of writing historiography.
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Edward Palmer Thompson was a British historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is probably best known today for his historical work on the British radical movements in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in particular The Making of the English Working Class (1963). He also published influential biographies of William Morris (1955) and (posthumously) William Blake (1993) and was a p ...more
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