Ehud's Dagger

Ehud's Dagger:Class Struggle in the English Revolution

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“A work brimming with intelligence.” —Chris Fitter, Rutgers University

In this meticulously researched, award-winning book, James Holstun details seventeenth-century England’s first capitalist revolution, and its first anti-capitalist revolutions, in a stirring project of Marxist history from below.


  • This remarkable book offers both a passionate engagement with the concrete processes of political struggle in the English Revolution and a powerful critique of current theoretical models in historiography and literary theory. Intellectually alive from start to finish, Holstun’s book captures the polemical energy of the early modern radicals he discusses.

    David Norbrook, Merton Chair of Literature, Oxford University
  • Thoroughly thought-provoking.

  • Ehud’s Dagger brings the events of the Civil War period and the ordinary people who made them to life.