The State, the Unions, and the critical synthesis in labor law history: a 25-year retrospect

  title={The State, the Unions, and the critical synthesis in labor law history: a 25-year retrospect},
  author={Christopher L. Tomlins},
  journal={Labor History},
  pages={208 - 221}
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