Respectable Radicals : Studies in the Politics of Railway Trade Unionism

Respectable Radicals : Studies in the Politics of Railway Trade Unionism

by David Howell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1840146893

ISBN-13: 9781840146899

Pub. Date: 06/01/1999

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Railway workers were a uniformed and respectable section of the British working class. They built their trade unions in the face of employer hostility, and their organisations played a crucial role in the construction of effective labour politics. Respectable Radicals uses rich archival sources to analyse this history through a series of case studies. This penetrating…  See more details below

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Railway workers were a uniformed and respectable section of the British working class. They built their trade unions in the face of employer hostility, and their organisations played a crucial role in the construction of effective labour politics. Respectable Radicals uses rich archival sources to analyse this history through a series of case studies. This penetrating study is essential reading for all academics interested in the history of transport and labour relations and for all railway enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840146899
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.57(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: Company Servants and Labour Pioneers1
Pt. IEdwardian Questions11
1A Mystery and a Feud25
2Modernisation and Conciliation67
3Conflict99
4The Aisgill Disaster136
5The Lib-Lab Moment: the Rise and Fall of Edward Harford158
6Towards a Politics of Labour179
Conclusions - 1914 - The Prospects217
Pt. IIA New Deal and New Problems223
7Jimmy and Jack238
8Solidarities293
Conclusions - Traditions and Innovations337
Pt. III'The Fat Director is now the Fat Controller': The Lodging Turns Strikes of 1949345
Conclusion: A View from the Tracks393
Bibliography408
Index417

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