Workers in the Margins by Cybèle Locke and Jagged Seas by David Grant – review

By Chris Trotter In Books

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27th November, 2012
Too many people mistake history for a simple recounting of past events. But a catalogue is not a work of history. It is (at best) a chronicle. Most of the great chronicles were compiled by medieval monks and are imbued with the pieties and prejudices of their ecclesiastical authors. The historian, although no less beset with bias than the chronicler, has a different purpose. History is all about using yesterday to illuminate today – and light a path to tomorrow. Chroniclers are content merely to describe the past; historians set out to shape the future. Telling the story of trade unions ...

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