The Many Not The Few : An Illustrated History of Britain Shaped by the People by Sean Michael Wilson

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New Internationalist, 2019 (paperback, 128 pages)

An old union rep, Joe, and his granddaughter, Arushi, spend a few pleasant days together going over the history of the labour movement. Over tea and sandwiches in his studio they consider the whole wide sweep and points of connection throughout history. Starting way back with the 14th-century Peasants’ Revolt, taking i nthe Levellers and the Luddites, the expansion of the unions in the 19th century, the height of their power in the `70s, and the great conflicts and decline of the `80s.

With a mix of serious research and family jokes Joe and Arushi go into the complicated history, the ideological battles, the class conflict, a consideration of what unions are for, and what the future of unions may be.