M.C.; D.M.
March 1997
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring1997, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The completion of volume 61 of the journal Labour History Review marked the retirement of two editors, John Halstead and Laurence Marlow. John had filled the post since 1971 when he joined editor Royden Harrison and succeeded Sidney Pollard, the foundation editors. Before then, from 1969, he had been the Society's treasurer. In earlier days, editorship of the Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Labour History involved more than meeting the demands of scholarship. The editor was also expected to organize the production and distribution of the journal. John became very adept at negotiating with typesetters and printers and then in organizing a small team to label and fill envelopes containing copies of the Bulletin. In comparison, Laurence Marlow's thirteen years as an editor might appear relatively modest, but his selfless contribution to the Society has also been notable. The quality of the review section of the journal is often commented on. Books unnoticed elsewhere regularly get reviewed, while the generous allocation of space to review essays can result in notices, which are significant contributions to scholarly debate. Laurence has not only assiduously combed publishers' lists to pinpoint relevant titles; he has also shown great ingenuity in finding reviewers. The climate of critical reflectiveness that has recently emerged in the field was a fitting point at which to reaffirm its importance through the changes that are being made to Labour History Review. It is the intention of the journal that the article it publishes reflects more of the vitality and breadth of the field, including comparative and international dimensions.


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