The late Professor Laski was invited to deliver three public lectures in the University of Manchester in February, 1950. He gave these lectures to large audiences in the week beginning 6th February: for the next fortnight he was actively engaged in the General Election, which was decided on 23rd February; and on 25th March he died. The text of the lectures as it stands is stamped with his personality, and even with the accent and manner of his delivery, but it lacks his final revision. It is impossible to guess what changes he would have made: some corrections have been necessary before publication, but these have been limited to minor points of fact and grammar, and to the insertion of section headings.
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