Harold Laski(1893-1950), Political theorist
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Unfit for active military service, Laski spent the years of the First World War teaching and writing in America. The works he published during this period established his reputation as a major political theorist at an unusually early age. In 1926 he was appointed Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, a position he held until his death. He was the best-known socialist intellectual of his era, and published more than twenty books as well as hundreds of chapters, tracts, and articles. Laski was a member of the Executive Committee of the socialist Fabian Society, and in 1936 he joined the Executive Committee of the Labour Party. He served as the 1945-6 Chairman of the Labour Party.