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John Belchem and Neville Kirk, eds., Languages of Labour. Brookfield, Vermont: Ashgate, 1997. vii + 222 pp. $68.95 cloth Neville Kirk, Change, Continuity and Class: Labour in British Society, 1850–1920. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998. vi + 228 pp. $79.95 cloth; $24.95 paper.

  • James A. Jaffe (a1)

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The field of debate over the value of postmodernism for the practice of history by now has become littered with the remains of so many alleged authorities that even General Douglas Haig might quail before such a prospect. Cynicism is perhaps the best defense against the assaults being launched from both sides of this new no man's land. However, every so often, one contribution to such ritual bloodlettings acts as a flare to reveal the importance of the issues at stake at the same time as it cogently analyzes the arguments and assumptions underlying the controversy. Of the books and articles under review here, perhaps none will be of greater importance to historians than Richard Price's chapter on “Postmodernism as Theory and History” in John Belchem's and Neville Kirk's edited volume, Languages of Labour, which does just that.

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John Belchem and Neville Kirk, eds., Languages of Labour. Brookfield, Vermont: Ashgate, 1997. vii + 222 pp. $68.95 cloth Neville Kirk, Change, Continuity and Class: Labour in British Society, 1850–1920. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998. vi + 228 pp. $79.95 cloth; $24.95 paper.

  • James A. Jaffe (a1)

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