Sidney Pollard was a pioneering Labour historian who influenced the great luminaries in the field, E.P. Thompson and Eric Hobsbawm. Almost single-handedly he pioneered the study of economic management in history and the understanding of the economic processes by which regions are formed. His last work involved seminal research on the regional effect of the Industrial Revolution. As a labour historian his contribution to the study of the marginalised in society was original and vital. His history was intimately connected with his personal life - from escape to Britain from Nazi-occupied Vienna to his work not only in Britain but in the USA, Israel and apartheid South Africa. Sidney Pollard's life and work is important for historians of labour and a major contribution to historiography.
A Life in History