British Conservatism and Trade Unionism, 1945-1964
For a brief period between the end of the Second World War and the election of Harold Wilson's Labour government in 1964, the Conservative Party made strenuous efforts to avoid confrontation with, or legislation against, the trade unions. This book explores the reasons behind this policy.
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