Henry Pelling

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Henry Mathison Pelling (1920–1997), was a British historian best known for his works on the history of the British Labour Party, including:

  • The Origins of the Labour Party (1954) and
  • A Short History of the Labour Party (1961) (later editions co-written with Alastair J. Reid)

He was also a pioneer of the serious study of twentieth-century electoral and party politics, and wrote such other works as:

  • Modern Britain 1885-1955
  • Social Geography of British Elections: 1885-1910
  • Winston Churchill
  • Britain and the Marshall Plan
  • A History of British Trade Unionism, London, 1963
  • America and the British left: from Bright to Bevan
  • The British Communist Party: a historical profile
  • The 1945 General Election Reconsidered
  • Popular Politics and Society in Late Victorian Britain
  • Britain and the Second World War

Pelling was educated at Birkenhead School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he gained a first in both parts of the History tripos.[1] His collection of British left-wing political pamphlets is held at Senate House Library, while his papers are lodged with St John's College.

External links

Pelling's collection at Senate House Library

  • Pelling's papers at St John's College
  • Copac listing of his work
  1. ^ PELLING, Henry Mathison. ukwhoswho.com. Who Was Who. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
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