The Global E.P. Thompson: Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years

October 3–5, 2013

This conference is closed to the public.

Fifty years ago E. P. Thompson published The Making of the English Working Class, one of the most influential social history works ever. Its approach to the history of common people, its arguments, and its methods came to influence several generations of historians and others all over the world. To trace Thompson’s influences—and with it the larger story of the varied approaches to social history that have come out of them—the Program on the History of Capitalism and the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University seek to initiate a global conversation among researchers across the humanities and social sciences to reflect critically on Thompson's impact on the writing of history and his enduring significance for future research.


Andrew Gordon

Faculty Associate. Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University.

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