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The Eight-Hour Day, by Sidney Webb, Harold Cox

Gunton, George (1891) The Eight-Hour Day, by Sidney Webb, Harold Cox. Political Science Quarterly, 6 (4). pp. 751-754.

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This book has the peculiar merit of discussing the right question at the right time. Besides being eminently practicable, the demand for an eight-hour day is now the most prominent feature of the labor movement throughout Christendom. On all other topics labor organizations differ widely according to the political institutions and economic conditions of their respective countries, yet they all unite in demanding shorter hours of labor, because the great body of laborers, who always want something definite and practicable, really demand it. Consequently, in order to enlist the masses in their movement, social reformers of all shades, from revolutionary socialists to conservative trade-unionists, now give the eight-hour question a prominent place in their platform. Even the Royal Labor Conference in Germany felt the necessity of making shorter hours a subject of special consideration. ... Although one cannot help regarding as a serious defect in the theoretical part of the book the tendency to idealize the middle ages and to belittle the wholesome social effects of trade-unions, this is far from constituting the chief feature of the work. As I said at the outset, it is mainly a budget of facts regarding the short-hour movement, excellently arranged and tersely presented, and as such, it is a real contribution to the literature of the labor movement. – Introductory and concluding paragraphs of review.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: A review of 'The eight hours day' by Sidney Webb and Harold Cox, the full text of which is available at the link.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 12:11
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 12:11

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