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.
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
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.