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Listening to History Rather than Historians: Reflections on Working Class History

Document type Article
Author Palmer, Bryan D.
Journal Studies in Political Economy
Volume 20
Date 1986 January
ISSN 0707-8552
Pages 47-84


Daniel Drache has moved me to do what I have always avoided: respond to those who have distanced themselves from the interpretive direction of what they almost uniformly refer to as "the new labour history". The appearance of his article, "The Formation and Fragmentation of the Canadian Working Class: 1820-1920", in Studies in Political Economy no. 15 (Fall, 1984) - supposedly a socialist review that has, in the past, offered Marxist labour histories a warm, if critical, reception - was, for me, the last straw.