First published between 1975 and 1991, this set reissues 13 volumes that originally appeared as part of the History Workshop Series. This series of books, which grew out of the journal of the same name, advocated ‘history from below’ and examined numerous, often social, issues from the perspectives of ordinary people. In the words of founder Raphael Samuel, the aim was to turn historical research and writing into ‘a collaborative enterprise’, via public gatherings outside of a traditional academic setting, that could be used to support activism and social justice as well as informing politics.
Some of the topics examined in the set include: mineral workers, rural radicalism, and the lives and occupations of villagers in the nineteenth century; working class association; the development of left-wing workers theatre and the changing attitudes to mass culture across the twentieth century; the changing fortunes of the East End at the turn of the century; the position of women from the nineteenth century to the present; the miners’ strike of 1984-5; the social and political images of late-twentieth century London; and a three volume analysis of the myriad facets of English patriotism. This set will be of interest to students of history, sociology, gender and politics.
Table of Contents
Village Life and Labour edited by Raphael Samuel
Miners, Quarrymen and Saltworkers edited by Raphael Samuel
East End Underworld: Chapters in the Life of Arthur Hardin edited by Raphael Samuel
Poor Labouring Men: Rural Radicalism in Norfolk, 1872-1923 Alun Howkins
Theatres of the Left, 1883-1935: Workers’ Theatre Movements in Britain and the US edited by Raphael Samuel, Ewan McColl and Stuart Cosgrove
Language, Gender and Childhood edited by Carolyn Steedman, Cathy Urwin and Valerie Walkerdine
The Progress of Romance: The Politics of Popular Fiction edited by Jean Radford
The Enemy Within: Pit Villages and the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5 edited by Raphael Samuel, Barbara Bloomfield and Guy Boanas
New Views of Co-operation edited by Stephen Yeo
Metropolis: London; Histories and Representations since 1900 edited by David Feldman and Gareth Stedman Jones
Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity, Vol. I: History and Politics edited by Raphael Samuel
Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity, Vol. II: Minorities and Outsiders edited by Raphael Samuel
Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity, Vol. III: National Fictions edited by Raphael Samuel