© 1999

A History of British Trade Unionism 1700–1998


  • Comprehensive coverage of the history of the British trade union movement from the earliest documented attempts at collective action c.700 to the present day
    Concise and uptodate, synthesizes all the most recent research in the field
    Integrates work on employers' organisations, managerial attitudes, and the state's role as well as studies of individual unions in one accessible history
    Britishwide coverage

Part of the British Studies Series book series (BRSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 1-25
  3. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 26-53
  4. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 54-70
  5. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 71-96
  6. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 97-127
  7. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 128-151
  8. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 152-176
  9. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 177-197
  10. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 198-229
  11. W. Hamish Fraser
    Pages 230-254
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 255-291

About this book


This new history of British trade unionism offers the most concise and up-to-date account of 300 years of trade union development, from the earliest documented attempts at collective action by working people in the eighteenth century through to the very different world of `New Unionism' and `New Labour'.


bibliography collective action eighteenth century history history of literature trade

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

About the authors

W. HAMISH FRASER is Professor of Modern History at the University of Strathclyde.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A History of British Trade Unionism 1700–1998
  • Authors W. Hamish Fraser
  • Series Title British Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Business & Management Collection Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-59610-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-59611-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27558-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 291
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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