First published in 1979, this book was the first, full-length study of working-class movements in London between 1800 and the beginnings of Chartism in the later 1830s. The leaders and rank and file in these movements were almost invariably artisans, and this book examines the position of the skilled artisan in politics.

Starting from the social ideals, outlook and the experience of the London artisan, Dr Prothero describes trade union, political, co-operative, educational and intellectual movements in the first forty years of the century. Setting a scene of alternating growth and contraction in trade, successive hostile governments and the increasing articulation of working-class consciousness the author shows that artisans could be no less militant, radical or anti-capitalist than other groups of working class men.

chapter |8 pages


part |61 pages

Artisans in War and Peace

chapter |11 pages

The Man from Deptford

chapter |29 pages

The London Artisan

chapter |11 pages

The Apprenticeship Campaign

chapter |9 pages

The End of the Wars

part |85 pages

Post-War Radical Politics

chapter |4 pages


chapter |22 pages

Gast the Radical

chapter |24 pages

Queen Caroline

part |108 pages

Artisans in Boom and Depression

chapter |4 pages


chapter |11 pages

The Combination Laws

chapter |22 pages

The Trade in Depression

chapter |26 pages


part |76 pages

From Reform Crisis to Chartism

chapter |1 pages


chapter |32 pages


chapter |9 pages

Into Chartism

chapter |13 pages