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Routledge Library Editions: The Labour Movement


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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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Labour's Battle in the U.S.A he Fight for Industrial Unionism

Labour's Battle in the U.S.A: he Fight for Industrial Unionism

1st Edition

J. Raymond Walsh
May 28, 2020

First published in 1938. This study of the labour crisis in the USA consists of interviews with leaders and members of labour unions, unorganised workers, businessmen, and those in positions of public responsibility. The author explores the foundations of the crisis, and examines the possible ...

A History of the Labour Party from 1914

A History of the Labour Party from 1914

1st Edition

G. D. H. Cole
May 13, 2020

First published in 1948, this book gives a full account of the development of the British Labour Party from its emergence as a national influence in the first world war to its return to power with an effective majority after the second world war. The study includes an epilogue which surveys the ...

An Infantile Disorder? The Crisis and Decline of the New Left

An Infantile Disorder?: The Crisis and Decline of the New Left

1st Edition

Nigel Young
May 13, 2020

First published in 1977. The New Left, as an organised political phenomenon, came – and went – largely in the 1960s. Was the Movement that went into precipitate decline after 1969 the same New Left that had developed a decade earlier? Nigel Young’s thesis is that the core New Left, as it had ...

Ben Tillett Portrait of a Labour Leader

Ben Tillett: Portrait of a Labour Leader

1st Edition

Jonathan Schneer
May 13, 2020

First published in 1982. To study Tillett’s career is to study the modern British labour movement in its formative stages. His rhetoric and activities cast light upon some of the most important periods in labour history. In this book, not only the career of this remarkable and mercurial man is ...

British Trade Unionism To-Day

British Trade Unionism To-Day

1st Edition

G. D. H. Cole
May 13, 2020

First published in 1939. This book provides a balanced picture of Trade Unionism as it was in the 1930s, both in general and in each of the principal industries and services. The study opens with a brief outline of Trade Union history, before examining Trade Unions in various industries, including ...

British Working Class Politics, 1832-1914

British Working Class Politics, 1832-1914

1st Edition

G. D. H. Cole
May 13, 2020

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 ...

Democratic Socialism and the Cost of Defence The Report and Papers of the Labour Party Defence Study Group

Democratic Socialism and the Cost of Defence: The Report and Papers of the Labour Party Defence Study Group

1st Edition

Mary Kaldor, Dan Smith, Steve Vines
May 13, 2020

First published in 1979. The report of the Labour Party Defence Study Group, which met from early 1975 to mid-1977, represents a unique attempt to portray defence policy in the context of disarmament and the need to restructure and control the institutions of defence – in particular the defence ...

Doctrine and Ethos in the Labour Party

Doctrine and Ethos in the Labour Party

1st Edition

H. M. Drucker
May 13, 2020

First published in 1979. In this important study of Labour Party ideology, the author sought to provoke his readers to a fundamental re-evaluation of the party and of the relationships between the party, Labour ideology and socialist doctrine. What he had to say would have disturbed left and right ...

Employers and Labour in the English Textile Industries, 1850-1939

Employers and Labour in the English Textile Industries, 1850-1939

1st Edition

J. A. Jowitt, A. J. McIvor
May 13, 2020

First published in 1988. This collection of essays examines aspects of labour and industrial relations history in the textiles sector of Northern England during the mature phase of industrialisation before World War One and the period of retrenchment during the interwar economic recession. There ...

John Wheatley, Catholic Socialism, and Irish Labour in the West of Scotland, 1906-1924

John Wheatley, Catholic Socialism, and Irish Labour in the West of Scotland, 1906-1924

1st Edition

Gerry C. Gunnin
May 13, 2020

First published in 1987. This examination of the career of John Wheatley indicates the way in which one Irishman – reared among Liberal and Radical coal miners and taught by Roman Catholic priests and nationalist leaders to regard obedience to the Catholic Church and promotion of Home Rule as the ...

Keir Hardie The Making of a Socialist

Keir Hardie: The Making of a Socialist

1st Edition

Fred Reid
May 13, 2020

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 ...

King Labour The British Working Class, 1850-1914

King Labour: The British Working Class, 1850-1914

1st Edition

David Kynaston
May 13, 2020

First published in 1976. This book covers working-class history from the decline of Chartism to the formation of the Labour Party and its early development to 1914. It gives a historical perspective to the essentially defensive, materialist orientation of twentieth century working-class politics. ...

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