Labour History Review

Reconstructing labour history

Labour History Review (1997), 62, (3), 318–323.

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Subscribers to H-Labor and to the new European electronic network, Labnet, will be aware of labour history's rejuvenation in cyberspace. For those who prefer a more traditional format, there has been extensive (and encouraging) prognosis of the discipline in International Labor and Working-Class History, International Review of Social History and of course in our own Labour History Review, prompted by David Howell's ‘crisis’ editorial in vol. 60, no. 1, 1993, p. 2. Google Scholar

Patrick Joyce, ‘The end of social history?, Social History, vol. 20, no. 1, 1995, p. 76 condemned British labour history as ‘almost moribund’. ‘The end of social history? Social History 20 76 Google Scholar

John Saville, ‘The "Crisis" in Labour History: a further comment’, Labour History Review, vol. 61, no. 3, 1996, pp. 322-28. ‘The "Crisis" in Labour History: a further comment’ Labour History Review 61 322 28 Google Scholar

Alan Sokal, ‘Throwing a spanner in the text’, Times Higher Education Supplement, 7 June 1996, p. 19. ‘Throwing a spanner in the text’ Times Higher Education Supplement 19 Google Scholar

John Belchem and Neville Kirk (eds.), Languages of Labour, Aldershot, forthcoming [1997]. Languages of Labour Google Scholar

Miles Taylor, ‘The beginnings of modern British social history?’, History Workshop Journal, no. 43, 1997, pp. 155-76. ‘The beginnings of modern British social history?’ History Workshop Journal 155 76 Google Scholar

For an introduction to the polemical tone, see Joyce, ‘The end of social history?’, and other interventions by Joyce and James Vernon in Social History. Google Scholar

Gareth Stedman Jones, ‘The Determinist Fix: some obstacles to the further development of the linguistic approach to history in the 1990s’, History Workshop Journal, no. 42, 1996, pp. 19-36, provides a devastating critique of the determinism of Foucault and followers. ‘The Determinist Fix: some obstacles to the further development of the linguistic approach to history in the 1990s’ History Workshop Journal 19 36 Google Scholar

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The latest collection of essays edited by James Vernon, Re-reading the constitution, Cambridge, 1996, claims to offer ‘new narratives in the political history of England's long nineteenth century’. Re-reading the constitution Google Scholar

Raphael Samuel, Theatres of Memory, 1994. Google Scholar

John Belchem, ‘"An accent exceedingly rare": Scouse and the inflexion of class’ in Belchem and Kirk, Languages of Labour. ‘"An accent exceedingly rare": Scouse and the inflexion of class’ in Belchem and Kirk Languages of Labour. Google Scholar

For a critique of the continuity thesis, see John Belchem and James Epstein, ‘The nineteenth-century gentlemanly leader revisited’, Social History, vol. 22, no. 2, 1997, pp. 174-93. ‘The nineteenth-century gentlemanly leader revisited’ Social History 22 174 93 Google Scholar

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