'His finest work and one that was both symptom and engine of the
concept of "history from below" ... Here Levellers, Diggers,
Ranters, Muggletonians, the early Quakers and others taking
advantage of the collapse of censorship to bid for new kinds of
freedom were given centre stage ... Hill lives on' Times Higher
Education In 'The World Turned Upside Down' Christopher Hill
studies the beliefs of such radical groups as the Diggers, the
Ranters, the Levellers and others, and the social and emotional
impulses that gave rise to them. The relations between rich and
poor classes, the part played by wandering 'masterless' men, the
outbursts of sexual freedom, the great imaginative creations of
Milton and Bunyan - these and many other elements build up into a
marvellously detailed and coherent portrait of this strange, sudden
effusion of revolutionary beliefs. 'Established the concept of an
"English Revolution" every bit as significant and potentially as
radical as its French and Russian equivalents' Daily Telegraph
'Brilliant ... marvellous erudition and sympathy' David Caute, New
Statesman 'This book will outlive our time and will stand as a
notable monument to the man, the committed radical scholar, and one
of the finest historians of the age' The Times Literary Supplement
'The dean and paragon of English historians' E.P. Thompson
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