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Dictionary of Labour Biography
Volume XIII
Edited by Keith Gildart and David Howell
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
10 Mar 2010
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The Dictionary of Labour Biography has an outstanding reputation as a reference work for the study of nineteenth and twentieth century British history. Volume XIII maintains this standard of original and thorough scholarship. Each entry is written by a specialist drawing on an array of primary and secondary sources. The biographical essays engage with recent historiographical developments in the field of labour history. The scope of the volume emphasises the ethnic and national diversity of the British labour movement, the contribution of women and of neglected political traditions. A number of entries highlight the complex interactions of progressive movements within the British Empire. The volume continues the coverage of Labour MPs who sided with Ramsay MacDonald in 1931 and railway trade unionists.


Description

The Dictionary of Labour Biography has an outstanding reputation as a reference work for the study of nineteenth and twentieth century British history. Volume XIII maintains this standard of original and thorough scholarship. Each entry is written by a specialist drawing on an array of primary and secondary sources. The biographical essays engage with recent historiographical developments in the field of labour history. The scope of the volume emphasises the ethnic and national diversity of the British labour movement, the contribution of women and of neglected political traditions. A number of entries highlight the complex interactions of progressive movements within the British Empire. The volume continues the coverage of Labour MPs who sided with Ramsay MacDonald in 1931 and railway trade unionists.


Reviews

'The best of its kind anywhere in the world'- The Guardian
 
Reviews of previous volumes:

Volume III
'...fascinating picture of the richness and diversity of the British labour tradition.'
- The Times

Volume VI
'The Dictionary becomes more valuable as it progresses...the work remains a monument to scholarship and the British people.'
- Professor E.J. Hobsbawm, New Society

Volume VII
'The Dictionary is now well estabilshed as a central source for details of careers and bibliographic information.'
- Dr H.C.G. Matthew, English Historical Review

Volume VIII
'The Dictionary of Labour Biography continues on its course (the first volume appeared in 1972) and with each successive volume becomes more and more valuable...The Dictionary is of course far more than a collection of biographical entries. It is a huge pot-pourri of labour, socialist, radical and popular history.'
- Professor J.F.C. Harrison, Labour History Review

Volume IX
'...Tych, author of the biographical dictionary of the Polish workers' movement, recently remarked of the DLB, in conversation among a group of participants at the Linz conference [of labour historians] that it is 'simply the best'...Tych's command of European languages and familiarity with the other dictionaries...and the general respect in which he is held, gave authority to the statement.'
- John Halstead, Labour History Review


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes To Readers
List Of Contributors
List Of Bibliographies And Special Notes
Biographies
Consolidated List Of Names In Volumes I-Xiii
General Index


Authors

KEITH GILDART is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He has published widely on the British Labour movement. He is the author of North Wales Miners: A Fragile Unity, 1945-1996 (2001).
 
DAVID HOWELL is Professor of Politics at the University of York, UK. He has written extensively on the Labour Party and the trade union movement. He is the author of MacDonald's Party: Labour Identities and Crisis, 1922-1931 (2002).