Miners, Unions and Politics, 1910-1947

Miners, Unions and Politics, 1910-1947

by Alan Campbell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859282695

ISBN-13: 9781859282694

Pub. Date: 12/01/1995

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

History is inevitably written from the standpoint of contemporary political and historiographical challenges. The near destruction of the coal industry and of the NUM offers a timely vantage point from which to appraise their history. The events of the last decade necessarily point towards criticism of the easy assumption of miners' solidarity and the cosy…  See more details below

Overview

History is inevitably written from the standpoint of contemporary political and historiographical challenges. The near destruction of the coal industry and of the NUM offers a timely vantage point from which to appraise their history. The events of the last decade necessarily point towards criticism of the easy assumption of miners' solidarity and the cosy identification with Labour Party loyalty which has characterised much of the labour history of British mining. Some more recent work on miners and their unions has moved away from such stereotypical imagery and examined particular regions and communities. This collection of specially commissioned essays by leading authorities on miners' history seeks to build on such individual contributions by first examining the politics of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, the unique influences of syndicalism and communism within some of its constituent areas, and the uneven pace of the Labour Party's 'forward march' within the coal-fields. In the second part of the book, such national developments are studied within their diverse regional contexts through a series of case studies which permits comparison between the major British coalfields. Finally, the book considers the attempts to overcome these regional diversities with the formation of the National Union of Mineworkers and the nationalisation of the mining industry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859282694
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
List of tables
List of maps
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1'A cult of their own': syndicalism and The Miners' Next Step13
2'All or nowt': the politics of the MFGB35
3The Labour Party and electoral politics in the coalfields59
4Heroes and anti-heroes: communists in the coalfields93
5'The hope of the British proletariat': the South Wales miners, 1910-1947121
6The social history of political conflict in the Scots coalfields, 1910-1939145
7The landscape of Spencerism: mining politics in the Nottinghamshire coalfield, 1910-1947175
8Work, class and community: social identities and political change in the Lancashire coalfield, 1910-1939199
9The politics of labourism in the Yorkshire coalfield, 1926-1945223
10Learning from bitter experience: the making of the NUM253
11The beginning of the beginning: the National Union of Mineworkers and nationalisation273
Index299

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