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Letter to Laski from F- at the Law School of Harvard University, enclosingpress cuttings relating to King Edward VIII's (1894 - 1972) relationship withWallas Simpson (1896 - 1986).

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Harold Joseph Laski 1893 - 1950

Harold Joseph Laski 1893 was born in Manchester, the son of a wealthy Jewishcotton merchant. He was educated at Manchester Grammar school. He studiedeugenics at University College London in the first half of 1911 and laterthat year entered New College Oxford with a history exhibition and graduatedin 1914 with first class honours in modern history. As he was rejected fromthe army on medical grounds he accepted a lectureship at McGill University inMontreal where he remained until 1916. He then joined the staff at HarvardUniversity where he formed his close friendship with Oliver Wendell HolmesJunior (1841 - 1935), a judge in the United States Supreme Court. He left in 1920 to join the London School of Economics, where he became professor ofpolitical economics in 1926, a post which he retained until his death. His political theories were mainly concerned with sovereignty, the nature of theState and social change.

Harold Laski put his political ideas into action and was on the ExecutiveCommittee of the Fabian Society, 1921 - 1936, and the Labour Party, 1936 -1949.

His publications include:

  • The Problem of Sovereignty (1917)
  • Authority in the Modern State (1919)
  • Political Thought from Locke to Bentham (1920)
  • Foundations of Sovereignty (1921)
  • Letters of Burke (ed.) (1922)
  • The Defence of Liberty against Tyrants (ed.) (1924)
  • Autobiography of J. S. Mill (ed.) (1924)
  • A Grammar of Politics (1925)
  • Communism (1927)
  • Liberty in the Modern State (1930)
  • The Dangers of Obedience (1930)
  • An Introduction to Politics (1931)
  • Studies in Law and Politics (1932)
  • The Crisis and the Constitution (1932)
  • Democracy in Crisis (1933)
  • The State in Theory and Practice (1935)
  • The Rise of European Liberalism (1936)
  • Parliamentary Government in England (1938)
  • The American Presidency (1940)
  • Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time (1943)
  • Faith, Reason, Civilisation (1944)
  • The American Democracy (1948)


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