First published in 1985. The essays in this book pull together the diverse strands of research to give a comprehensive picture of the Labour Party, which strived to carve out for itself a niche within an existing political framework. The first part of the book examines the composition, the national, local and regional organisation of the party, and its relations with the working classes, the TUC and the Liberals. In the second part the contributors discuss the party’s stand on the main political issues of the day: education, the suffragettes, Ireland and other major areas of concern in the political arena at the beginning of the century.
Introduction: The Edwardian Labour Party Kenneth D. Brown; 1. Ideology and Composition David Martin 2. The Labour Party in Scotland W. Hamish Fraser 3. The Labour Party in Wales Peter Stead 4. Labour in the Municipalities Michael Cahill 5. The Labour Party Press Deian Hopkin 6. Labour and the Trade Unions Chris Wrigley 7. Labour and Education Clive Griggs 8. The Labour Party and State ‘Welfare’ Pat Thane 9. Labour and the Constitutional Crisis Roy Douglas 10. Labour and Women’s Suffrage Martin Pugh 11. Labour and Ireland Dan McDermott 12. Labour and Foreign Affairs: A Search for Identity and Policy A. J. A. Morris; 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.