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Historian Peter Linebaugh
Peter Linebaugh is an American historian who specializes in British history, Irish history, labor history, and the history of the colonial Atlanticmarker.


Linebaugh was a student of noted British labor historian E.P. Thompson, and he received his Ph.D. in British history from the University of Warwickmarker in 1975. He has taught at University of Rochestermarker, New York Universitymarker, University of Massachusetts-Bostonmarker, Franconia Collegemarker, Harvard Universitymarker, and Tufts Universitymarker. Linebaugh currently teaches at the University of Toledomarker, and joined the faculty of that institution in 1994.


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 D.G. 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." Linebaugh has, however, received criticism for his application of Marxist theory to unrelated fields and disciplines.

Linebaugh's articles have appeared in The New Left Review, the New York University Law Review, Radical History Review, and Social History, and he is a frequent contributor to the online journal CounterPunch.

Personal life

Linebaugh is the father of two daughters, Kate and Riley Linebaugh, both of whom provide him with the majority of his inspiration; other than that provided by his loving wife, Michaela Brennan



  • 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. Allen Laine Press, 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.

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