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General Introduction: Beveridge's Collectivism

Beveridge's first book was published in 1909 and his last appeared in 1960. In the years between Beveridge wrote at least twenty books and official reports as well as several pamphlets and a large number of short journalistic pieces. Three of his books are still referred to and read by historians and social administrators. The three 'classic' texts are the book Unemployment: a problem of industry (1909) and two reports of the 1940s - the official report on Social Insurance and the Allied Services (SIAS) (1942) and the unofficial report on Full Employment in a Free Society (1944). Beveridge's oeuvre also includes four volumes of collected journalism (1935, 1943, 1944 and 1945) and several forgotten texts on problems of economic and social policy - British Food Control (1928), Tariffs (1932), Voluntary Action (1948) and Evidence for Voluntary Action (1948). As though this were not enough, we must remember that Beveridge also published on a variety of themes which have little or nothing to do with modern economic and social policy. His 'other books' include a history of wages and prices in England over seven hundred years (1939), a biography of his parents (1947) and a history of the London School of Economics (1960).