The story of the Luddites and their times continues to fascinate, particularly for those of us who live in the part of Yorkshire where the events of that time were most dramatic. However, what is often overlooked is the extent to which the Luddite events of 1812 and 1813 fit within the broader and more sustained pattern of British social and political radicalism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Alan Brooke and Lesley Kipling, both distinguished local historians, published the first edition of Liberty or Death in 1993. It set the Luddites firmly in that broader context and met with such immediate success that it has long been out of print. For that reason the Huddersfield Local History Society agreed with Alan and Lesley that they would re-visit and revise their earlier work, The result is this new and enlarged edition of Liberty of Death, which the Society proud to publish as one of its contributions to the commemoration the bi-centenary of the Yorkshire Luddites.