Australian Left Review

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Books: 2. The Making of the English Working Classes


H. W. Browning


THE PERIOD between 1780 and 1832 seemed to have been saturated with studies some years before the first publication of Thompson's book in 1963. So much takes place that it is reasonable to see this epoch as more influential th an any other in the shaping of modern English history: the Industrial Revolution, the French wars, Romanticism, the French Revolution, Utilitarianism, the organisation of an independent America and the years leading up to the Reform Bill. Marx, Toynbee, the Webbs, the Hammonds, Dr. Dorothy George, Clapham, Bryant, Hobsbawm, Rogers, Ashton, Hayek and many more have been fatally attracted and in many cases equally fatally betrayed.