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Dr Alastair Reid

College position(s)

Life Fellow



Degrees, Awards and Prizes


Research Themes

My main research has been in the field of British trade union and labour history, in which I have been a consistent advocate of non-Marxist, ‘revisionist’ approaches. I have published an innovative survey, United We Stand, and a challenging case study of the shipbuilding industry, The Tide of Democracy.

I have always been very interested in how history can help us to understand the present and possibly even anticipate the future. As a result I was co-founder in 2002 of History & Policy, a pioneering dissemination project which works to connect academics, policy makers and the media, with a public affairs office at King’s College London where I am Visiting Professor of History and Policy.


Past Director of Studies in History.

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