United We Stand

Chris Wrigley reviews a book exploring the 250-year history of British trade unionism.

Chris Wrigley | Published in

United We Stand
Alistair J. Reid
Allen Lane, xvii + 471 pp. £25 
ISBN 0 713 99758 3

Alistair Reid has written a fresh and well-informed one-volume history of British trade unionism, drawing on a very large range of secondary sources. It is a large task to survey 250 years of trade unionism and he has come up with sensible solutions to the major problems of writing a successor to Henry Pelling’s standard work first published in 1963.


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