George Lansbury: At the Heart of Old Labour

George Lansbury: At the Heart of Old Labour

by John Shepherd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198201648

ISBN-13: 9780198201649

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"'The most lovable figure in modern politics' was how A. J. P. Taylor described the Christian pacifist, George Lansbury. At 73 he took over the helm of the Labour Party of only 46 MPs in the Depression years of the 1930s. Throughout a remarkable life, Lansbury remained an extraordinary politician of the people, associated with a multitude of crusades for social…  See more details below

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"'The most lovable figure in modern politics' was how A. J. P. Taylor described the Christian pacifist, George Lansbury. At 73 he took over the helm of the Labour Party of only 46 MPs in the Depression years of the 1930s. Throughout a remarkable life, Lansbury remained an extraordinary politician of the people, associated with a multitude of crusades for social justice. In 1921 Lansbury led the 'Poplar Rates Rebellion' - when thirty Labour councillors went willingly to prison in defiance of the government, the courts, and their own party leadership. He never sought personal wealth, travelled everywhere by public transport, and made his home in impoverished East London. His final years were spent in a tireless international peace crusade to prevent the drift towards another world war." In this major new biography, John Shepherd draws on an impressive range of research to reconstruct the life of a charismatic Labour pioneer. He reaffirms George Lansbury's standing at the heart of Old Labour and his importance to British politics as a whole.

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ISBN-13:
9780198201649
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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