A History of the British Labour Party

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The retirement of Tony Blair in June 2007 offers a new perspective through which to see the history of the British Labour Party. First published in 1997, Andrew Thorpe's book rapidly established itself as the leading single-volume study of the party's development. This timely third edition now analyses Blair's thirteen-year premiership, placing it in its historical context.

The stimulating new edition: covers the whole of the party's history, from 1900 to Gordon Brown's ...

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Overview

The retirement of Tony Blair in June 2007 offers a new perspective through which to see the history of the British Labour Party. First published in 1997, Andrew Thorpe's book rapidly established itself as the leading single-volume study of the party's development. This timely third edition now analyses Blair's thirteen-year premiership, placing it in its historical context.

The stimulating new edition: covers the whole of the party's history, from 1900 to Gordon Brown's appointment as the new Labour Prime Minister, analyses the reasons for the party's formation, its aims and achievements, explains the party's failure to achieve office more often, explores Labour's remarkable recovery from its problems in the 1980s, assesses the record and legacy of the Blair government, discusses the main events and leading personalities of the Labour Party, such as MacDonald, Attlee, Gaitskell, Wilson, Blair and Brown. Approachable and authoritative, this is essential reading for students of political history and all those who wish to understand the nature and evolution of Britain's governing party.

About the Author:
Andrew Thorpe is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Exeter

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Editorial Reviews

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Intelligent and highly readable...The narrative covers all the major topics with a richness that belies its brevity.
Booknews
The first edition appeared in 1997, just before the triumphant of the Labour Party, and Thorpe (history, U. of Exeter) here adds a new chapter describing New Labour, makes some revisions in the introduction and conclusion, and updates the appendices and bibliography. Although histories of the party abound, he says, each reflects a particular point in time, and he wants his own time reflected as well. He begins in 1900 with the formation of the Labour Representation Committee and its election of two candidates to Parliament. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Praise for previous editions: '...for those who want the facts about the Labour party, this book is a handy, even indispensable reference.' - Joe Haines, Tribune

'This remains the leading text of its kind, updated with some important new material' - Robert Crowcroft, The University of Edinburgh

'Thorpe provides an accessible and well-written evaluation of the ups and down of the Labour Party since 1900. Students of both politics and history will find this a rewarding and enjoyable read as will members of the Labour Party.' - Timothy Heppell, University of Leeds

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137409829
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/13/2015
  • Series: British Studies Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Thorpe is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Exeter, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Creation and Early Years, 1900-14 8

2 The Surge to Second-Party Status, 1914-22 36

3 Progress and Collapse, 1922-31 59

4 Remaking the Party? 1931-39 84

5 The Impact of the Second World War, 1939-45 104

6 The Attlee Governments, 1945-51 120

7 Searching for a New Direction, 1951-64 142

8 Wilson in Power, 1964-70 163

9 Drift to Defeat? 1970-79 186

10 Down and Out? 1979-87 209

11 Modernization and New Labour, 1987-97 230

12 Blair and New Labour in Power, 1997-2007 256

Conclusion 284

Appendix 1 Seats and Percentage of Votes Won at General Elections, 1900-2005 298

Appendix 2 Labour Party Leaders 301

Appendix 3 Labour Cabinets 302

Notes 317

Bibliography 348

Index 373

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