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Labour Inside the Gate A History of the British Labour Party Between the Wars von Worley, Matthew (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 24.03.2005
  • Verlag: Durnell MDL
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Labour Inside the Gate

In 1906, a confident Labour Party felt that it was already rattling the governing classes. Its campaigning cartoon, which gives this book its title, showed the party wielding an axe towards the gates of Parliament, cutting through the special interests protecting the old system to aid the working classes. What followed was the remarkable transformation of a parliamentary pressure group into a credible governing force._x000D__x000D_The inter-war years were a crucial stage in the development of the Labour Party as it grew from pressure group status, to national opposition, to party of government. At the end of the Great War (1914-1918) Labour had a developing national organisation and a fledgling constitution. By 1922, it rivalled the war-ravaged Liberals as the party of opposition, a fact that was affirmed with the formation of the first minority Labour government in January 1924. The second Labour administration of 1929 collapsed amidst the whirlwind of the 'great depression' but the organisational basis of the party remained solid allowing Labour to reinvent itself over the 1930s. By the Second World War, the foundations had been laid for the landslide victory that brought in the Attlee government of 1945. _x000D__x000D_Matthew Worley has written the first study dedicated solely to this crucial period in Labour's development. In an accessible style, he provides a comprehensive account of all aspects of the movement. Using a wide range of sources, he explores this often-marginalised period in Labour's history both looking at the parliamentary party and the growing network of constituency parties. Worley's approach unites high politics and issues that cross local and national boundaries. He combines policy, social history and economics with broader themes such as gender and culture. _x000D__x000D_Labour inside the Gate will appeal to students and scholars as well as all those interested in Labour's history. Its new insights into the 1945 landslide victory illuminate this important period in the growth of the Labour Party as it continues to redefine and realign itself as the new ",party of government", _x000D_


    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 24.03.2005
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780857714169
    Verlag: Durnell MDL
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