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The Many Not the Few

The Many Not the Few

An Illustrated History of Britain Shaped by the People

Union rep Joe and his granddaughter discuss the history of the labour movement, from the 14th century right up to today. An essential graphic reconstruction of some of the most important episodes on our shared labour history


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 in the 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.

Foreword by Jeremy Corbyn

ONE: Peasants' revolt

TWO: 1549 and all that

THREE: A level playing field

FOUR: Dark progress

FIVE: Chart the way

SIX: Strike a light!

SEVEN: Reform or revolution

EIGHT: After the war, the battle begins

NINE: Tory neoliberal fury

TEN: The future of the unions


Page Count: 
6.69 x 9.45in
UK Publication Date: 
Wednesday, 5 June, 2019

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