G. D. H. Cole

(1889—1959) university teacher and political theorist

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Fabian economist, held important academic posts at Oxford. He became prominent immediately before the First World War as a leading exponent of guild socialism and published his first major work, The World of Labour, in 1913. During the 1930s he was acknowledged as the most prolific writer on the intellectual history of British socialism in articles in the New Statesman and in his works, which included A History of Socialist Thought (1953–8). He was married to Margaret Postgate (sister of Raymond Postgate) with whom he collaborated in detective fiction.

Subjects: Literature.

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