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A People's History of England
A complete social and political history of England. Originally published in 1938. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.Contents Include Tribes ...more
Paperback, 548 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Obscure Press
(first published 1938)
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Sep 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Walter Wallace
Howard Zinn wasn't first. This People's History was written in the thirties and was, for me, actually more interesting that Zinn's book, probably because there was so much more in it that was new to me, especially as regards the English Revolution, a topic barely touched on in the several relevant survey courses I'd taken in high school and college.
As Morton himself states 'In spite of its title, this book is not so much a History of England as an essay in historical interpretation'. Whilst much in the way of detail is absent, Morton implements historical materialism in a very readable way that brings its theoretical power to bare on aspects of British history beyond its usual concerns. Excellent introduction and overview to both British history and historical materialism.