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Workshop of the World by Raphael Samuel
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Jan 23, 2024 | ISBN 9781804292808

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Workshop of the World reveals how Raphael Samuel dived into the nineteenth century to find just how onions were pickled or the temperature of cheese tested, extending far and wide from rough sleepers in Willesden to Roman Catholic missionaries in Wallasey. John Merrick’s collection of Samuel’s essays provides the reader with an invaluable introduction to the political and cultural background which inspired this insightful and exploratory radical historian.”
—Sheila Rowbotham

“These essays are works of extraordinary intellectual energy, refusing to identify method with political orientation, luminous in their historiographic clarity, which turn our attention from the commonplaces of history to the exceptions that deny the clichés: to a post- 1800 world driven by seasons, not the clock, a post-industrial revolution world of production dominated not by the factory, but the farm, the workshop, the cottage, where skills are created and work degraded, where the machine does not rule; of peri-urban villages of brickmakers, and much, much more besides. A feast of erudition with purpose.”
—David Edgerton, author of The Rise and Fall of the British Nation

“John Merrick and Verso should be thanked for giving a new generation of readers the chance to encounter the youngest of the British Marxist historians, and the one closest in time to ourselves. Samuel was a charismatic teacher, an extraordinarily well-read historian, and a generous man – his too-long-forgotten voice greets us from every line.”
—David Renton

“An excellent selection … Merrick’s smart introduction and deftly chosen texts should revive interest and admiration in a socialist historian whose eye for unconsidered trifles led him beyond the political binaries of his time and ours.”
—Michael Ledger-Lomas, Engelsberg Ideas

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