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The Life of Robert Owen

1st Edition

By G. D. H. Cole


376 pages

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First published in 1925. Robert Owen was, in the author’s words, ‘that rarest of phenomena, an utterly disinterested critic of a system by which he had himself risen to greatness’, and in studying his life this work reveals with a remarkable clarity the first phases of the Industrial Revolution crowded as it was with events, changes, ideas, and characters. This title will be of great interest to scholars and students of labour history.

Table of Contents

1. Robert Owen and His Times 2. The Child 3. The Shop-Boy 4. A Romance of Business 5. Manchester – Marriage 6. New Lanark, 1800-1813 7. Life at Braxfield 8. Ideas on Education 9. The First Factory Act 10. "Mr. Owen’s Plan" 11. The Days of Peterloo 12. Later Years at New Lanark 13. The Beginnings of Owenism 14. New Harmony 15. The Labour Exchange and the Builders’ Guild 16. The "Trade Union" 17. Old Age 18. Conclusion; Appendices; Index

About the Author

George Douglas Howard Cole (25 September 1889 – 14 January 1959) was an English political theorist, economist, writer and historian. As a libertarian socialist he was a long-time member of the Fabian Society and an advocate for the co-operative movement.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Labour Movement

This set of 44 volumes, originally published between 1924 and 1995, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on the Labour Movement, including labour union history, the early stages and development of the Labour Party, and studies on the working classes. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of political history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General