Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950

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Birth 1893-06-30
Death 1950-03-24

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Political scientist and educator.

From the description of Letter of Harold Joseph Laski, 1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71014835

Harold J. Laski was a political scientist and socialist, born in Manchester England. He studied at Oxford, and lectured at US universities before joining the London School of Economics (1920). He was chairman of the Labour Party (1945-6). His political philosophy was Marxism. His books, included Authority in the Modern State (1919), A Grammar of Politics (1925), and The American Presidency (1940).

From the description of Harold Laski collection. [1946]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 667850820

English political scientist and socialist. Born in Manchester, Harold Joseph Laski was educated at Manchester Grammar School and New College, Oxford, and lectured at McGill University (1914-16), Harvard (1916-20), Amherst (1917) and Yale (1919-20, 1931). In 1920 he joined the staff of the London School of Economics, and in 1926 became Professor of Political Science. He was chairman of the Labour Party in 1945-46. A brilliant speaker, as lecturer at the London School of Economics he had a great influence over his students. His political philosophy was a modified Marxism. He had a strong belief in individual freedom, but the downfall of the Labour government in 1931 forced him to feel that some revolution in Great Britain was necessary. His works include Authority in the Modern State (1919), A Grammar of Politics (1925), Liberty in the Modern State (1930) and The American Presidency (1940).

[From Chambers Biographical Dictionary (1997) (c) Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd]

From the guide to the Harold J. Laski Collection, 1918-1946, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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