Peter Linebaugh

is author of The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century (1991) and the The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All (2008). He completed his PhD at the Centre for Social History at Warwick with E.P. Thompson.


A recent exhibition at the British Library entitled Taking Liberties – on the struggle for freedom and rights throughout 900 years of British history – was impressive, writes Peter Linebaugh. But, he wonders, is it possible to discuss liberty while excluding the question of equality?

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