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Typescript of The political history of the English labour movement from 1857- 1872: documents and commentaries with manuscript corrections.

  • Volume 1:
  • Chapter I 'Revival of the Reform Movement. The Chartists and the PoliticalLeague' folio 3 to folio 155.
  • Chapter II Quot;John Bright's Propaganda for Reform and Ernest Jones' Retirementfrom the London Reform Movement' folio 156 to folio 221.
  • Chapter III 'National Reform Conferences' folio 222 to 323.
  • Chapter IV 'The British Working Men and the American Civil War' folio 325 to418.
  • Chapter V 'Italy and the English Workers' folio 421 to folio 480.
  • Chapter VI 'The English Workers and Poland's Fight for Freedom' folio 482 tofolio 526.
  • Chapter VII 'The English Working Men and the International Working Men'sAssociation' folio 528 to folio 575.
  • Volume 2:
  • Chapter VIII 'The Origin of the Reform League' folio 1 to folio 84.
  • Chapter IX 'The Workers and the Liberal Reform Bill' folio 86 to 205.
  • Chapter X 'The Hyde Park Demonstration, Refrom League and London WorkingMen's Association' folio 206 to folio 336.
  • Chapter XI 'The Last Phase of the Reform Bill' folio 337 to folio 463.
  • Volume 3:
  • Chapter XII 'From the Passing of the Reform Bill to the General Election of1868' folio 465 to folio 561
  • Chapter XIII 'The English Workers and Ireland' folio 564 to folio 667
  • Chapter XIV 'The Defeat of the Working Men at the Elections of 1868' folio669 to folio 780.
  • Chapter XV 'The End of the Reform League' folio 781 to folio 819.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gustav Mayer 1871 - 1948

Gustav Mayer was born in Prenzlau, Germany. His home provided him with atraditional Jewish upbringing, at the same time, however, also liberalbeliefs and enthusiasm for classical German literature.

In 1890 Mayer went to university in Berlin and then in Freiburg, choosing thenational economy as his main area of study. From 1896 to 1906 he wassubsequently a correspondent for the liberal Frankfurter Zeitung newspaperin Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels. He gained direct experience of thepolitical practice of parliamentarianism and formed close personal ties withleading West European socialists. In 1906 he became a private teacher andpublicist, soon making a name for himself as a pioneer of the history of theworkers' movement. In 1918 the university of Berlin turned down Meyer'sapplication for professorship, but in 1922 he was appointed the first Germanprofessor of the history of German and international social democracy.

He was dismissed by the Nazis in 1933 on account of his Jewish background. Heinitially settled in the Netherlands, but in 1936 emigrated to Britain, wherehe died in 1940. During his years of exile Meyer involved himself with the earlyhistory of the English workers' movement and dedicated to it a work onsources, which was published posthumously in 1995.

His publications include:

  • Der Jude in Karl Marx (1918)
  • Friedrich Engles: a biography (1934)
  • The era of the Reform League: English labour and radical politics 1857 -1872: documents selected by Gustav Mayer (1995)


The chapters are arranged in three bound volumes.

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