First published in 1978. This book is an essay in labour biography. Labour leaders of the nineteenth century are often enigmatic personalities, and James Keir Hardie is no exception. The main purpose of this study is to penetrate the heart of the enigma that is Kier Hardie. Why does he remain so puzzling? The author explores Hardie’s childhood and his interest and involvement within the Labour Party. This title will be of interest to students of politics and history.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. Infant Sensibilities 2. The Independent Collier 3. ‘Black Diamonds’ 4. Crisis and Conversion 5. The Scottish Labour Party 6. From West Ham to Bradford: The Foundation of the ILP 7. Member for the Unemployed 8. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index
Emeritus Reader of History at the University of Warwick.