A History Of The British Labour Party

Overview

Thorpe's book is widely seen as the best single-volume study of the whole of the Labour party's history. Now thoroughly updated in the light of ongoing historiographical debates, this third edition brings the story up to the present with new and revised chapters on the development of "New Labour" and the legacy of the Blair government.

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Overview

Thorpe's book is widely seen as the best single-volume study of the whole of the Labour party's history. Now thoroughly updated in the light of ongoing historiographical debates, this third edition brings the story up to the present with new and revised chapters on the development of "New Labour" and the legacy of the Blair government.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230500112
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: British Studies
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (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. His previous publications include Britain in the 1930s (Blackwell, 1992) and The Longman Companion to Britain in the Era of the World Wars (Longman, 1994).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Abbreviations
• Introduction
• Creation and Early Years, 1900-14
• The Surge to Second-Party Status, 1914-22
• Progress and Collapse, 1922-31
• Remaking the Party? 1931-9
• The Impact of the Second World War, 1939-45
• The Attlee Governments, 1945-51
• Searching for a New Direction, 1951-64
• Wilson in Power, 1964-70
• Drift to Defeat? 1970-9
• Down and Out? 1979-87
• 'Modernisation' and 'New Labour', 1987-97
• Blair and New Labour in Power, 1997-2007
• Conclusion
• Appendix 1 Seats Won at General Elections, 1900-2005
• Appendix 2 Labour Party Leaders
• Appendix 3Labour Cabinets
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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