Book Review: Facing up to Thatcherism: the history of NALGO, 1979–93

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Official trade-union histories are often a mixed blessing for the researcher. They fulfil valuable functions as chronicles of events and digests of milestones in the life of the union concerned, but the 'authorized' history can frequently be a 'sanitized' account, reflecting the Weltanschauung of the dominant political factions in the union leadership at the time of writing, and marginalizing the views and significance of alternative viewpoints. That this should occur is perhaps unsurprising when the authors of such works, often trusted officials of the union, are inclined to use their own editorial judgement about what content is likely to be classes as acceptable. By Mike Ironside and Roger Seifert, (Oxford University Press: 2000), xxiv + 420 pp., hardback £40.00, ISBN 0-19-924075-2
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-175
JournalHistorical Studies in Industrial Relations
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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