Peter Linebaugh

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Historian Peter Linebaugh

Peter Linebaugh is an American Marxist historian who specializes in British history, Irish history, labor history, and the history of the colonial Atlantic. He is a member of the Midnight Notes Collective.

Early life[edit]

Peter Linebaugh was born in 1942[1] He was a student of British labor historian E. P. Thompson, and received his Ph.D. in British history from the University of Warwick in 1975.[2] He has taught at University of Rochester, New York University, University of Massachusetts–Boston, Franconia College, Harvard University, and Tufts University. Linebaugh retired from the University of Toledo in 2014.[3]


Linebaugh's books have been generally well received within the discipline of history, and several of his books have demonstrated popularity among general readers. Historian Robin Kelley praised Linebaugh's most recent book, arguing in a review of The Magna Carta Manifesto (2008) that there is "not a more important historian living today. Period."[4]

In late April 2012, Occupy Ypsilanti published and began to distribute throughout Ypsilanti, Michigan, free of charge, Linebaugh's Ypsilanti Vampire May Day. His writing also appears in New Left Review, the New York University Law Review, Radical History Review, and Social History.

Personal life[edit]

Linebaugh is married to Michaela Brennan. He has two daughters, Kate and Riley Linebaugh.[5]


  1. ^ Identifiants et référentiels pour l'Enseignement supérieur et la Recherche (IdRef) (accessed 16 April 2019)
  2. ^ Details of Ph.D, 'Tyburn : a study of crime and the labouring poor in London during the first half of the eighteenth century' included on website of University of Warwick Publications Service and WRAP - (accessed 21 April 2016)
  3. ^ "Peter Linebaugh". University of Toledo. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  4. ^ "Editorial Reviews". Amazon. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  5. ^ "Kate Linebaugh, Alex Ortolani". The New York Times. 26 September 2009.


  • Linebaugh, Peter, Hay, Doug, and Thompson, E.P. (eds.). Albion's Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century England. Pantheon Press, 1975.
  • The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century. London: Allen Lane, 1991.
  • Linebaugh, Peter and Rediker, Marcus. The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.
  • The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
  • Ned Ludd & Queen Mab: Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons of 1811–12'. PM press, 2012.
  • —— (2014). Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance. Oakland: PM Press. ISBN 978-1-60486-747-3.
  • The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day, PM Press 2016 SKU: 9781629631073.
  • Red Hot Globe Round Burning: A Tale at the Crossroads of Commons and Closure, of Love and Terror, of Race and Class, and of Kate and Ned Despard. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019.