John Ball

Review of Melvin Bragg’s documentary on John Ball

John Ball, as Melvin Bragg points out in his two-part documentary Radical Lives, was consciously written out of history for 300 years after the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Unfortunately the real message and meaning of the movement which John Ball gave voice to is also kept hidden in the present, and also in Melvin Bragg’s own programme.

The conditions for the bourgeois revolution in Britain: the class struggle within decaying feudal society

By the 14th century the foundations of the feudal system had been undermined throughout western Europe, creating the conditions for the emergence of a new mode of production.This article examines how the conditions for the bourgeois revolution in England matured within decaying feudal society.

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