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SSLH Book Series

Studies in Labour History provides reassessments of broad themes along with more detailed studies arising from the latest research in the field of labour and working-class history, both in Britain and throughout the world. Most books are single-authored but there are also volumes of essays focussed on key themes and issues, usually emerging from major conferences organized by the British Society for the Study of Labour History.

The series includes studies of labour organizations, including international ones, where there is a need for new research or modern reassessment. It is also its objective to extend the breadth of labour history’s gaze beyond conventionally organized workers, sometimes to workplace experiences in general, sometimes to industrial relations, but also to working-class lives beyond the immediate realm of work in households and communities.

…a series which will undoubtedly become an important force in re-invigorating the study of Labour History.’ English Historical Review

Guidance for Authors

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a proposal on the downloadable form below. Alternatively you may wish to discuss your proposal informally with the series editor Neville Kirk –

Latest Publication

Labour and the Caucus

Working-Class Radicalism and Organised Liberalism in England, 1868-1888

by James Owen (2014)

By providing a comprehensive and multi-layered picture of the troubled relationship between working-class radicals and organised Liberalism between 1868 and 1888, Labour and the Caucus offers a new, innovative pre-history of the Labour party.

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The French Anarchists in London, 1880–1914

Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalisation

by Constance Bantman (2013)

This book is a study of political exile and transnational activism in the late-Victorian period.

It explores the history of about 500 French-speaking anarchists who lived in exile in London between 1880 and 1914, with a close focus on the 1890s, when their presence peaked.

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The Knights Errant of Anarchy

London and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora (1880-1917)

by Pietro Di Paola (2013)

This book unveils the intriguing world of anarchist refugees in London from the second half of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War. It is the first book to combine an investigation of anarchist political organisations and activities with a study of the everyday life of militants through identifying the hitherto largely anonymous Italian anarchist exiles who settled in London.

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