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The Invisibility of the Commons

A talk by Peter Linebaugh

Organised by the Xenos Research Group, Department of Sociology, and the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, London


5.00pm – 7.00pm, Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Lecture Theatre, Ben Pimlott Building
Goldsmiths, University of London,
Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW


If you wish to attend please contact Alberto Toscano:

Peter Linebaugh is Professor of History at the University of Toledo.
He is the author of
The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the
Eighteenth Century
and coauthor (with Marcus Rediker) of Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

From reviews of The Magna Carta Manifesto (2008):

“This is an original, powerful and ground breaking book. It is utterly fascinating and charts a path that gives me, and will give others,
hope for a better future. Linebaugh sends an important message to a world that increasingly believes that private ownership of our resources can make us more prosperous. As we struggle to regain lost liberty The Magna Carta Manifesto makes us understand that freedom is about guaranteeing the economic and social rights that allow all of us to partake of political freedom.” — Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

“Ideas can be beautiful too, and the ideas Peter Linebaugh provokes and maps in this history of liberty are dazzling, reminders of what we
have been and who we could be. In this remarkable small book, he traces one path of liberty back to the forests and the economic independence they represented for medieval Britons, another path to recent revolutionaries, another to the Bush Administration’s assaults on habeas corpus, the Constitution, and liberty and he links the human rights charter that Magna Carta represented to the less-known Forest Charter, drawing a missing link between ecological and social well-being.” — Rebecca Solnit, author of Storming the Gates of Paradise

“There is not a more important historian living today. Period.” —
Robin D.G. Kelley, author of
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“Ranging across the centuries, and from England to Asia, Africa and the Americas, Peter Linebaugh shows us the contested history of Magna Carta — how the liberties it invoked were secured and (as today) violated, and how generations of ordinary men and women tried to revive the idea of the commons in the hope of building a better world.”–Eric Foner, author of The Story of American Freedom

Alberto Toscano
Department of Sociology
University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW
United Kingdom


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One Comment

  1. You can find a podcast of Peter Linebaugh’s talk on ‘The Magna Carta Manifesto’ here:

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