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British Working Class Politics, 1832-1914

1st Edition

By G. D. H. Cole


326 pages

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First published in 1941. This purpose of this history of the earlier phases of the political Labour movement was due to the author’s belief that there was a need for a positive effort to re-create the legion of inspired and untiring propagandists for Socialism whose work made the Labour Party possible. This title will be of interest to scholars and students of history and politics.

Table of Contents

1. The Background 2. The Beginnings 3. The Second Reform Movement 4. Labour Representation – The First Effort 5. The First Workmen M.P.s 6. Decline and Fall 7. The New Radicalism and the Rise of Socialism 8. The Trade Unions and Politics 9. The New Utilitarians 10. The Trade Union Awakening 11. The Independent Labour Party 12. Socialism and the Trade Unions 13. The Labour Representation Committee 14. The Coming of the Labour Party 15. Victory – The Challenge Renewed 16. Labour and the Constitutional Crisis 17. The Labour Unrest 18. The Labour Party Machine 19. Epilogue; Appendix; Select Bibliography; Index of Persons; General Index

About the Author

George Douglas Howard Cole (25 September 1889 – 14 January 1959) was an English political theorist, economist, writer and historian. As a libertarian socialist he was a long-time member of the Fabian Society and an advocate for the co-operative movement.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Labour Movement

This set of 44 volumes, originally published between 1924 and 1995, amalgamates a wide breadth of research on the Labour Movement, including labour union history, the early stages and development of the Labour Party, and studies on the working classes. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of political history.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General