David Rubinstein (social historian)

David Rubinstein (7 August 1932 19 August 2019) was a social historian born of Jewish parentage in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. His father Beryl Rubinstein was a musician.


Rubinstein moved to England in 1952 to study for a PhD at London School of Economics, and then moved to the University of Hull. He lived in Tours for years and latterly lived in York, England, where he was an honorary fellow of the University of York.[1]

He specialized in the 19th and 20th centuries and authored approximately 20 books.

Rubinstein was a member of the Religious Society of Friends and a Quaker author.

He died in 2019.[2]


A selection of Rubinstein's work:

  • 1969: The Evolution of the Comprehensive School, 1926-1966 (Authored with Brian Simon. London: Routledge) ISBN 0-7100-6357-1
  • 1969: Leisure Transport and the Countryside (Authored with Colin Speakman. London: Fabian Society) ISBN 0-7163-1277-8
  • 1969: School Attendance in London, 1870-1904: A Social History (New York: A.M. Kelley) ISBN 0-678-08000-3
  • 1970: Education for Democracy (Edited with Colin Stoneman. New York: Penguin) ISBN 0-14-080199-5
  • 1972: Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia (Authored with Yrjo O. Alanen)
  • 1972: World's Way
  • 1973: People for the People: Radical Ideas & Personalities in British Social History (London: Ithaca Press) ISBN 0-903729-02-4
  • 1974: Victorian Homes (North Pomfret, VT: David & Charles) ISBN 0-7153-6765-X
  • 1980: Education and Equality
  • 1981: Marx and Wittgenstein: Social Praxis and Social Explanation
  • 1986: Before the Suffragettes: Women's Emancipation in the 1890s[3] (Brighton, Sussex, UK: Harvester) ISBN 0-7108-1051-2
  • 1991: A Different World for Women: The Life of Millicent Garrett Fawcett (New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf) ISBN 0-7108-1104-7
  • 1999: But He'll Remember: An Autobiography. William Sessions Limited[4]
  • 1999: York Friends and the Great War (York, UK: Borthwick Institute of Historical Research)
  • 2000: Culture, Structure and Agency: Toward a Truly Multidimensional Sociology
  • 2005: The Labour Party and British Society, 1880–2005[1] (Brighton, UK: Sussex Academic Press) ISBN 1-84519-055-6
  • 2006: An Inquiry into the Philosophical Foundations of the Human Sciences (Authored with Alfred Claassen. San Francisco State University Series in Philosophy)
  • 2009: The Backhouse Quaker Family of York Nurserymen: Including James Backhouse, 1794-1869, Botanist and Quaker Missionary
  • 2009: The Nature of the World: The Yorkshire Philosophical Society, 1822-2000 (York, UK: Quacks) ISBN 1-904446-18-3


  1. "The Labour Party and British Society, 1880–2005 - David Rubinstein". sussex-academic.com. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  2. David Rubinstein obituary
  3. Robson, Ann. "Review of Before the Suffragettes: Women's Emancipation in the 1890s by David Rubinstein." Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies 19.2 (Summer 1987): 280-282.
  4. Reviewed in Freeman, Mark (2004) Clio-biography, Cultural and Social History, Volume 1, Number 3, 1 September 2004 , pp. 333-340(8)

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