Against the Grain

Resisting Capitalism and Enclosure

It’s easy to view the last 250 or even 600 years as a period of an ascendant capitalism, conquering everything in its wake. But the work of historian Peter Linebaugh reminds us that resistance was present from the birth of capitalism and that working class movements for a better world have profoundly shaped our histories. In his latest book, he recuperates the lives of some of those forgotten rebels, bringing their heady world and aspirations to ours, where we need them most.


Peter Linebaugh, Red Round Globe Hot Burning: A Tale at the Crossroads of Commons and Closure, of Love and Terror, of Race and Class, and of Kate and Ned Despard UC Press, 2019


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