G.D.H.Cole (1889-1959) was an outstanding political historian and theorist during the interwar and immediate postwar periods.
He was a Labour Party intellectual who helped to shape the party's thinking, active in the peace movement during the First
World War and in the Fabian Society in its early days. Cole was first influenced by the ideas of William Morris and Rousseau
and his own socialist views were close to the early self-help and utopian thinkers - as he put it 'the reason - the only valid
reason - for being a Socialist is the desire, the impassioned will, to seek the greatest happiness and well-being of the greatest
number.' He was an indefatigable author, writing more than a hundred books, both on politics and on economics. This seven-volume
collection is his comprehensive account of the development of socialist thinking from the early 'social' thinkers who favoured
cooperative action, through to the development of ideas of social democracy and of achieving social justice through social
and political revolution.
G.D.H.COLE (1889-1959) was a leading British political theorist and economist and leading
advocate of social economic planning during the 1930s. He held academic posts in philosophy and economics and from 1944 was
Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford.