G. D. H. Cole was one of the foremost British socialist thinkers of the twentieth century. His literary output was immense and encompassed works of social theory, economics, political economy, economic history, social and labour history, political theory, history of thought and sociology. The books and pamphlets chosen for this edition are amongst his most significant. They are representative of the different phases of his thinking and illustrative of an acute and inquiring socialist mind as it wrestled with the formidable political and intellect challenges confronted by socialists in this most turbulent of centuries.
This set re-issues 10 works of the well-known socialist thinker G. D. H. Cole and one volume of collected pamphlets, originally published between 1917 and 1956. The works in this collection encompass three critical periods of Cole’s socialist thinking: the guild socialist decade from 1913-23; the post 1929 period when his political economy was dominated by the notion of socialist economic intervention and planning, and the post-war period when, like other socialist theorists, he sought to come to terms with the particular challenges posed by the legacy of the Attlee governments, and the emergence of an affluent society. A substantial introduction by Noel Thompson places the works in their social, political and historical context and illustrates their continued relevance.
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Table of Contents
1. New introduction & Early Pamphlets a) Unemployment and Industrial Maintenance b) The Principles of Socialism c) The Bank of England d) Monetary Systems and Theory e) How to Obtain Full Employment f) Why Nationalize Steel? g) The British Labour Movement h) Weakness through Strength: The Economics of Rearmament i) The Fabian Society j) Is this Socialism? k) What is Wrong with the Trade Unions? 2. Self-Government in Industry 3. The World of Labour 4. Guild Socialism Restated 5. The Life of William Cobbett 6. The Next Ten Years 7. Economic Tracts for the Times 8. Practical Economics or Studies in Planning 9. The Meaning of Marxism 10. Socialist Economics 11. Attempts at General Union 11. Pamphlets: Unemployment and Industrial Maintenance 12. The Principles of Socialism 13. The Bank of England Monetary Systems and Theory 14. How to Obtain Full Employment 15. Why Nationalize Steel? 16. The British Labour Movement 17. Weakness through Strength: The Economics of Rearmament 18. The Fabian Society 19. Is this Socialism? 20. What is Wrong with the Trade Unions?