Labour Inside the Gate: A History of the British Labour Party Between the Wars

Labour Inside the Gate: A History of the British Labour Party Between the Wars

by Matthew Worley
     
 

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"The inter-war years were a crucial stage in the development of the Labour Party as it grew from pressure group status, to national opposition, to party of government." "Matthew Worley has written the first study dedicated solely to this crucial period in Labour's development. In an accessible style, he provides a comprehensive account of all aspects of the movement.… See more details below

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"The inter-war years were a crucial stage in the development of the Labour Party as it grew from pressure group status, to national opposition, to party of government." "Matthew Worley has written the first study dedicated solely to this crucial period in Labour's development. In an accessible style, he provides a comprehensive account of all aspects of the movement. Using a wide range of sources, he explores this often-marginalised period in Labour's history both looking at the parliamentary party and the growing network of constituency parties. Worley's approach unites high politics and issues that cross local and national boundaries. He combines policy, social history and economics with broader themes such as gender and culture." Labour Inside and Gate will appeal to students and scholars as well as all those interested in Labour's history. Its new insights into the pre-war background to the 1945 landslide victory illuminate this important period in the growth of the Labour Party as it continues to redefine and realign itself as the new "party of government".

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"An excellent, wide-ranging and thoughtful book." -- Andrew Thorpe, University of Exeter
"A well-researched and thoughtful reappraisal of the Labour Party's history between the wars...likely to be the major work on the subject for many years." --C.J. Wrigley, University of Nottingham
"An interesting and well-researched study of the Labour party from the end of the First World War in September 1918 to the declaration of the Second World War in September 1939." -- Robert Taylor, Tribune
"This straightforward account of the activities of the Labour governments...frames developments within reflections on broader cultural shifts...As such it is a useful guide to the development of the Party during the interwar years. However, its distinctiveness lies in the biographical notes about notable local figures, the references to numerous local cultural activities and the indexing of entries for many localities. It is this delineation...which will particularly appeal to independent and institution-based scholars.'" -- Dan Weibren, Labour History Review
"A bold attempt to produce a general history of the party between 1918 and 1939 which emphasises the grassroots, a history of the Labour party rather than, for example, Labour's national leaders...comprehensive yet concise." -- Kevin Manton, Reviews in History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845113322
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Series:
International Library of Political Studies Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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