First published in 1988. The years 1945-51 were crucial to the Labour Party and the Left in Britain. This elegantly written book traces the gradual and painful disillusionment of the Labour Left with the Attlee governments and analyses the alternative, more militant, programme which the Labour Left devised. Never an organised bloc, the author argues that they are best understood as Labour’s conscience – a militant tendency is the true sense of the words. This title will be of interest to scholars and students of political history.
Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Labour Left in the General Election of 1945 2. The Labour Left on Russia and America 3. The Labour Left and the Third Force Movement 4. The Alternative Economic Program of the Labour Left 5. The "Hard" Labour Left 6. The Labour Left and the Trade Unions 7. The Labour Left in the Constituencies 8. The Climax of the Labour Left; Conclusion; Appendices; Select 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.