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About these books

This two-volume set brings together the essential and extensive publications by Professor Thompson otherwise scattered in many journals. These pieces form a major supplement to his classic book English Landed Society.

Volume 1 

Contents: Victorian England: the horse-drawn society. Inaugural lecture as Professor of Modern History, Bedford College, 1970;  The end of a great estate, Economic History Review, 2nd ser. 8, (1955);  The land market in the nineteenth century, Oxford Economic Review, new. Ser. 9 (1957); English landownership: The Ailesbury Trust, 1832-56, Economic History Review, 2nd ser. 11 (1958); English Great Estates In The 19th Century, 1790-1914, First International Conference of Economic Historians, Stockholm, 1960; Land and Politics in England in the nineteenth century, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser. 15 (1965); The social distribution of landed property in England since the sixteenth century, Economic History Review, 2nd ser. 19 (1968); The Second Agricultural Revolution, 1815-1880, Economic History Review, 1, 4, 1968; Landownership and economic growth in England in the eighteenth century, from E.L. Jones and S.J. Woolf (eds.), Agrarian change and economic development: the historical problems (1969); Nineteenth-century horse sense, Economic History Review, 2nd ser. 29 (1976); Social control in Victorian England, Economic History Review, 2nd ser. 34 (1981).

Horses and hay in Britain, 1830-1918, from F.M.L. Thompson (ed.), Horses in European economic history: a preliminary canter(British Agricultural History Society, 1983); English landed society in the nineteenth century, from Pat Thane, Geoffrey Crossick and Roderick Floud (eds.), The power of the past: essays for Eric Hobsbawm (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1984); Aristocracy, gentry, and the middle classes in Britain, 1750-1850, from Adolf M. Birke and Lothar Kettenacker (eds.), Burgertum, Adel; und Monarchie (Munich, 1989).

Volume 2

Contents: Rural society and agricultural change in nineteenth-century Britain, from George Grantham and Carol S. Leonard (eds.), Agrarian organisation in the century of industrialisation: Europe, Russia, and North America (Greenwich, Conn., JAI Press, 1989); Life after death: how successful nineteenth-century businessmen disposed of their fortunes, Economic History Review, 2nd ser, 43 (1990); English landed society in the twentieth century, 1, Property: collapse and survival, (Presidential address), Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser. 40 (1990); English Landed Society in the Twentieth Century. 1: Property: Collapse and Survival, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser., Vol. 40., 1990; English landed society in the twentieth century, 2: new poor and new rich, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser. 1 (1991); English landed society in the twentieth century, 3, Self help and outdoor relief, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser. 2 (1992); English landed society in the twentieth century, 4, Prestige without power? Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser. 3 (1993).

Desirable properties: the town and country connection in British society since the late eighteenth century, Historical Research, 64 (1991); Stitching it together again (Reply to W.D. Rubinstein), Economic History Review, 2nd ser. 45 (1992); Changing Perceptions of Land Tenure in Britain, 1750-1914, from Donald Winch and Patrick K. O’Brien (eds.), The Political Economy of British Historical Experience 1688-1914 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002); Moving frontiers and the Fortunes of the Aristocratic Town 1830-1930, The London Journal, Vol.2, No.1, 1995; The Land market, 1880-1925: A reappraisal reappraised, The Agricultural History Journal, Vol.55, Part II, 2007; The Strange Death of the English Land question, from Matthew Cragoe and Paul Readman (eds.), The Land Question in Britain, 1750–1950 (Houndsmill, Palgrave, 2010). 

About the author

​​Formerly Reader in Economic History at University College London; Professor of Modern History at Bedford College; Director of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and President of the Royal Historical Society. 


​“He is a very important historian and this is an important and very welcome collection.”

Professor Lord Asa Briggs.

“What a great man Michael was! In my view probably the best 19th-century historian of the Briggs-Hobsbawm-Perkin generation.

Michael's essays are of such high quality and varied range, that its entirely right they should be brought together". 

Professor Sir David Cannadine, President of the British Academy.

“Michael had a profound influence on historians far and wide.” Professor Alice Prochaska, Chair, Institute of Historical Research Trust.
“The publication is an event to be celebrated. It will renew interest in the history of the land and the landed classes in modern Britain….To study the land, its owners and tillers, opens up many of the most important questions of political influence, wealth, economic development, national rise and decline, of the past three centuries…This is history which reads with a swing and always persuades….Anyone seeking the ‘long view’ on today’s issues should start with a thorough grounding in the past, and these two volumes will provide that.” Professor Lawrence Goldman, in Past and Future.

English Landed Society Revisited
The Collected Papers of F.M.L. Thompson.

In two volumes with an Introduction

by  Professor W.D. Rubinstein

F. M. L. Thompson

Vol. 1 ISBN 9781911204633  Hardback   £65.00     Order

216 x 140mm, 260pp.
Vol. 2 ISBN 9781911204657  Hardback   £65.00    

216 x 140mm, 232pp.