Respectable Radicals : Studies in the Politics of Railway Trade Unionism

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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.
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Using primarily archival sources, Howell (history, U. of York) analyzes the history of the powerful and influential labor movement among British railway workers through a series of case studies. One of his main themes is the complex relationship between changing experiences of work, shifting trade union strategies, and political identities. He focuses on disasters, strikes, the modernization policies of companies, inter-union rivalries, and the promises and frustrations of labor politics from the 1890s to the 1950s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840146899
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • 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 Pioneers 1
Pt. I Edwardian Questions 11
1 A Mystery and a Feud 25
2 Modernisation and Conciliation 67
3 Conflict 99
4 The Aisgill Disaster 136
5 The Lib-Lab Moment: the Rise and Fall of Edward Harford 158
6 Towards a Politics of Labour 179
Conclusions - 1914 - The Prospects 217
Pt. II A New Deal and New Problems 223
7 Jimmy and Jack 238
8 Solidarities 293
Conclusions - Traditions and Innovations 337
Pt. III 'The Fat Director is now the Fat Controller': The Lodging Turns Strikes of 1949 345
Conclusion: A View from the Tracks 393
Bibliography 408
Index 417
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