The London Hanged

Crime and Civil Society in the 18th Century

By Peter Linebaugh
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Author: Peter Linebaugh
Publisher: Verso
Edition: 2003
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Subjects: Capitalism (The Rise Of), Commons, Customary Rights & Enclosures
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This book takes you right into the everyday life of the 18th century British working class and how their existing customary rights came directly into conflict with the new needs of emerging capitalism. Sounds boring, but Linebaugh is excellent at blending both the experiences of the individual labourer with the overall thrust of the history. This book is extremely important if you want to understand the transition from feudal to capitalist work relations. Also excellent chapters on public execution, the Gordon riots and Jack Sheppard. (BRHG)

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