Rodney Hilton: Ball at the End of Historical Materialism?
Spectres of John Ball - The Peasants' Revolt in English Political History, 1381-2020 - James Crossley
James Crossley [+]
St Mary's University, London
This chapter looks at the most influential academic Marxist portrayal of 1381 by Rodney Hilton which developed ideas of religious dissent and understandings of peasantry. While Hilton can be seen as a high point in historical materialist approaches, his popular influence soon waned amidst a fragmented post-1968 Left.