The Working Class in Modern British History: Essays in Honour of Henry Pelling

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The thirteen essays in this book reflect the dual character of writing about the history of the British working class. The first section focuses on the outlook, organization, and policies of the Labour movement. The second section is concerned with central aspects of the social history of the working class. Together, these essays provide striking evidence of the ways in which the experience of class has pervaded virtually every corner of this nation's public life. They also show that the mixed political record of...

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Overview

The thirteen essays in this book reflect the dual character of writing about the history of the British working class. The first section focuses on the outlook, organization, and policies of the Labour movement. The second section is concerned with central aspects of the social history of the working class. Together, these essays provide striking evidence of the ways in which the experience of class has pervaded virtually every corner of this nation's public life. They also show that the mixed political record of organized Labour, its hesitations and failures as well as its struggles and successes, cannot be understood without a full appreciation of the collective and individual lives of working people outside the political arena.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521299541
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The working class in British politics: 1. The social democratic theory of the class struggle Peter Clarke; 2. Keir Hardie and the Labour Leader, 1893–1903 Fred Reid; 3. Winston Churchill and the working class, 1900–14 Paul Addison; 4. Expectations born to death: local Labour party expansion in the 1920s Christopher Howard; 5. Post-war reconstruction in Wales, 1918 and 1945 Kenneth O. Morgan; 6. Imperialism and the Labour government of 1945–51 Partha Sarathi Gupta; Part II. The working class in British society: 7. Work and hobbies in Britain, 1880–1950 Ross McKibbin; 8. Credit and thrift and the British working class, 1870–1939 Paul Johnson; 9. Intelligent artisans and aristocrats of labour: the essays of Thomas Wright Alastair Reid; 10. Anglo-Marxism and working-class education Chushichi Tsuzuki; 11. Did British workers want the welfare state? G. D. H. Cole's Survey of 1942 Jose Harris; 12. Images of the working class since 1930 Arthur Marwick; 13. Unemployment, nutrition and infant mortality in Britain, 1920–50 Jay Winter.

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