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Made by Labour

A Material and Visual History of British Labour, c. 1780–1924

An accessible, lavishly illustrated overview of British labor history.

This book presents a lavishly illustrated history of British labor, represented by the material objects that were made, used, and cherished by working people from the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. In addition to an extensive collection of photographs, each expertly described and contextualized, the book includes a thoroughly researched introduction examining the nature of labor’s material and visual culture, a chapter on the conservation and preservation of labor’s material heritage, a directory of places where items may be viewed, and a full bibliography. It is a scholarly resource, an image gallery, and a student handbook—all rolled into one.

344 pages | 50 color plates and 50 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4

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Table of Contents

Part One: Interpretative Essay

Part Two: Images and Objects.
(i). The Origins of the Modern Labour Movement (1700s – 1830s)
(ii). The Struggle for Political Reform (1770-1832)
(iii). Labour, Politics and Anti-Politics (1820s – 1850s)
(iv). A ‘Servile Generation’? (1850s-1880s)
(v). Great Depression, New Ideas? (1880s-1900s)
(vi). Labour and Politics (1900s – 1920s)

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