Ramsay MacDonald

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The Labour party's first Prime Minister

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Dr Kevin Morgan teaches government and politics at Manchester University. His main research interests are in the history of the British left and comparative communist party history. He has written two books about Communist Party history, including a biography of the British Communist leader Harry Pollitt, and has recently been studying the papers of Ramsay MacDonald. He has just completed a 2-volume study on Bolshevism and the British Left.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Hybrid Ancestry     1
The Life
The Making of a Socialist: 1866-96     5
Marriage and Lincoln's Inn Fields: 1896-1900     14
From Pressure Group to Party: 1900-14     21
A Socialist at War: 1914-23     31
The Leadership
Moderation and Honesty: the first Labour Government, 1924     41
Rectitude of Thought, Consideration of Action: the Second Labour Government, 1929-31     61
'The echo that was MacDonald': the MacDonald-Baldwin Governments, 1931-7     73
The Legacy
No Possible Posterity? Ramsay MacDonald in Retrospect     83
Notes     124
Chronology     137
Further Reading     146
Picture Sources     152
Index     154
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