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English Commoners History

What you really know about Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest?

For Twitter followers of my account  @formbyvillage you will note my abiding interest in the idea and practice of the commons and commoning. I hope you find this video interesting.

Professor Peter Linebaugh, the acclaimed historian of commons, discusses the social and political histories of English commoners caught up in their struggles with state power and early capitalists. He explains the importance of Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest; the criminalization of customary practices as early capitalism arose; the special relationship of women to the commons and therefore their persecution; and the role of commoning in struggles for political emancipation.