The first volume of Essays in Labour History appeared in 1960. The essays had been written with a view to presenting them to G. D. H. Cole on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Cole died before the book appeared, but since then the essays have had a life of their own. They have been read and commented upon in many countries.


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    Labour Party, Annual Conference Report (1928), pp. 196 ff.Google Scholar
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    See, for example, A. Beattie (ed.), English Party Politics, ii (1970), pp. 226–7.Google Scholar
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© Asa Briggs 1971

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  • Asa Briggs
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  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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