A Short History of the Labour Party

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This is the classic account of the rise of the Labour Party from its foundation through to Tony Blair's second term as Prime Minister. Thoroughly revised and updated, it describes the events that led to the inception of the party, the role of the trade unions within the party, the successes and failures of the twentieth century and the revival of the party's fortunes under Kinnock, Smith and then Blair. It closes with an analysis of the current crisis that the Party faces over its foreign policy choices since ...

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Overview

This is the classic account of the rise of the Labour Party from its foundation through to Tony Blair's second term as Prime Minister. Thoroughly revised and updated, it describes the events that led to the inception of the party, the role of the trade unions within the party, the successes and failures of the twentieth century and the revival of the party's fortunes under Kinnock, Smith and then Blair. It closes with an analysis of the current crisis that the Party faces over its foreign policy choices since 9/11 including the war in Iraq.

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New edition of a compact introductory account first published in 1961. Describes the history of the British Labour Party from its foundation up to the choice of Tony Blair to succeed John Smith as its leader, and the subsequent redrafting of the Party's statement of aims in its constitution. Discussion encompasses the groups involved in the foundation of the party and the influences on its change of policy; the role of trade unions; relations with the parliamentary leadership and with the rank and file members; and problems in gaining a parliamentary majority, and the solutions devised by successive generations of leadership. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781403993120
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/22/2005
  • Edition description: Twelfth Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Pelling was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He died in 1997. Alastair J. Reid is a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

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• The New Party: Ideals and Reality (to 1906)
• A Pressure-Group under Pressure (1906-14)
• Henderson's Party: War and Reconstruction (1914-22)
• The MacDonald Leadership (1922-31)
• Convalescence: The General Council's Party (1931-40)
• Office and Power under Attlee and Bevin (1940-50)
• Dissension and Decline (1950-60)
• The Road Back to Power (1960-66)
• Wilson and the Vicissitudes of Economic Insolvency (1966-70)
• The Common Market and the Social Contract (1970-79)
• The SDP Secession and the Dream Ticket (1979-84)
• Revival under Kinnock and Smith and Blair (1985-94)
• Blair and New Labour (1994-2001)
• The Primacy of Foreign Policy (2001-2004)
• Conclusion: The Past and the Future
• Appendix A: Party Membership
• Appendix B: General Election Results
• Appendix C: Chairmen and Leaders of the Parliamentary Party
• Appendix D: Party Secretaries
• Index

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