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Routledge Revivals: History Workshop Series


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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.

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Routledge Revivals: Metropolis London (1989) Histories and Representations since 1800

Routledge Revivals: Metropolis London (1989): Histories and Representations since 1800

1st Edition

Edited By David Feldman, Gareth Stedman Jones
May 31, 2018

First published in 1989, this book seeks to demonstrate the social and political images of late-twentieth century London — the post-big-bang city, docklands, trade union defeats, a mounting north-south divide — do not mark as decisive break with the past as they may appear to. It argues that the ...

Routledge Revivals: New Views of Co-operation (1988) Working-Class Politics in Britain and Sweden

Routledge Revivals: New Views of Co-operation (1988): Working-Class Politics in Britain and Sweden

1st Edition

By Stephen Yeo
May 31, 2018

First published in 1988, this book sets out to reinterpret the changing place of working-class association in capitalist Britain. It argues that in combination, co-operation and association constitutes labour’s power — what is has to work with and who to work for — yet social historians have tended...

Routledge Revivals: The Enemy Within (1986) Pit Villages and the Miners' Strike of 1984-5

Routledge Revivals: The Enemy Within (1986): Pit Villages and the Miners' Strike of 1984-5

1st Edition

Edited By Raphael Samuel, Barbara Bloomfield, Guy Boanas
May 31, 2018

First published in 1986, this book challenges the notion that the miners’ strike of 1984-5 was ‘Scargill’s Strike’. It shows some of the ways in which the strike, though nominally directed from above, was determined from below by multitudinous and often contradictory pressures — the lodge, the ...

Routledge Revivals: The Progress of Romance (1986) The Politics of Popular Fiction

Routledge Revivals: The Progress of Romance (1986): The Politics of Popular Fiction

1st Edition

Edited By Jean Radford
May 31, 2018

First published in 1986, the aim of this book is to present some of the changing thinking on popular writing to a wider audience in view of the enormous growth of mass culture after the war, but also to offer a historical perspective on a specific form of popular fiction: the romance. The essays ...

Routledge Revivals: Theatres of the Left 1880-1935 (1985) Workers' Theatre Movements in Britain and America

Routledge Revivals: Theatres of the Left 1880-1935 (1985): Workers' Theatre Movements in Britain and America

1st Edition

By Raphael Samuel, Ewan MacColl, Stuart Cosgrove
May 31, 2018

First published in 1985, this book examines how workers theatre movements intended their performances to be activist — perceiving art as a weapon of struggle and enlightenment — and an emancipatory act. An introductory study relates left-wing theatre groupings to the cultural narratives of ...

East End Underworld (1981) Chapters in the Life of Arthur Harding

East End Underworld (1981): Chapters in the Life of Arthur Harding

1st Edition

Edited By Raphael Samuel
April 16, 2018

First published in 1981, this book examines the life of Arthur Harding, a well-known figure in the East End underworld during the first half of the twentieth century. The first five chapters survey his life in the ‘Jago’ slum between 1887 and 1896, offering a different view of an often vilified ...

Routledge Revivals: Language, Gender and Childhood (1985)

Routledge Revivals: Language, Gender and Childhood (1985)

1st Edition

Edited By Carolyn Steedman, Cathy Urwin, Valerie Walkerdine
April 16, 2018

First published in 1985, this book brings together recent work on women and children from the nineteenth-century to the present. The contributors explore in different ways, and from different points of view, the way in which issues of language have been — and are still — central to the history of ...

Routledge Revivals: Miners, Quarrymen and Saltworkers (1977)

Routledge Revivals: Miners, Quarrymen and Saltworkers (1977)

1st Edition

Edited By Raphael Samuel
April 16, 2018

Industrial discipline in mining, quarrying, brickmaking and other classes of mineral work was very different to that in nineteenth-century factories and mills. First published in 1977, this book deals with mineral workers of every class and discusses the peculiarities and common features of their ...

Routledge Revivals: Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity (1989) Volume I: History and Politics

Routledge Revivals: Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity (1989): Volume I: History and Politics

1st Edition

Edited By Raphael Samuel
April 16, 2018

First published in 1989, this is the first of three volumes exploring the changing notions of patriotism in British life from the thirteenth century to the late twentieth century and constitutes an attempt to come to terms with the power of the national idea through a historically informed critique...

Routledge Revivals: Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity (1989) Volume II: Minorities and Outsiders

Routledge Revivals: Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity (1989): Volume II: Minorities and Outsiders

1st Edition

Edited By Raphael Samuel
April 16, 2018

First published in 1989, this is the second of three volumes exploring the changing notions of patriotism in British life from the thirteenth century to the late twentieth century and constitutes an attempt to come to terms with the power of the national idea through a historically informed ...

Routledge Revivals: Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity (1989) Volume III: National Fictions

Routledge Revivals: Patriotism: The Making and Unmaking of British National Identity (1989): Volume III: National Fictions

1st Edition

Edited By Raphael Samuel
April 16, 2018

First published in 1989, this is the third of three volumes exploring the changing notions of patriotism in British life from the thirteenth century to the late twentieth century and constitutes an attempt to come to terms with the power of the national idea through a historically informed critique...

Routledge Revivals: Poor Labouring Men (1985) Rural Radicalism in Norfolk 1870-1923

Routledge Revivals: Poor Labouring Men (1985): Rural Radicalism in Norfolk 1870-1923

1st Edition

By Alun Howkins
April 16, 2018

First published in 1985, this book presents the first detailed account of the relationship between the farmworkers, trades unionism, and political and social radicalism. Rural radicalism, one of the most important new features of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century politics, was ...

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