The British Working Class 1832-1940


Author: Andrew August

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317877977

Category: History

Page: 296

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In this insightful new study, Andrew August examines the British working class in the period when Britain became a mature industrial power, working men and women dominated massive new urban populations, and the extension of suffrage brought them into the political nation for the first time. Framing his subject chronologically, but treating it thematically, August gives a vivid account of working class life between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, examining the issues and concerns central to working-class identity. Identifying shared patterns of experience in the lives of workers, he avoids the limitations of both traditional historiography dominated by economic determinism and party politics, and the revisionism which too readily dismisses the importance of class in British society.

Change, Continuity and Class

Labour in British Society, 1850-1920


Author: Neville Kirk

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719042386

Category: History

Page: 312

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Change, Continuity and Classoffers the reader the most up-to-date synthesis and critical evaluation of current and recent debates in modern British social and labor history. Issues of change and continuity, class, gender and difference, and the overall place and role of labor in modern British society constitute the central concerns of the book. The author takes issue with recent linguistic and liberal "turns," vigorously making the case for the centrality of class and change to modern history. A selection of documents usefully illustrates the main themes of the book.

Currents of Radicalism

Popular Radicalism, Organised Labour and Party Politics in Britain, 1850-1914


Author: Eugenio F. Biagini,Alastair J. Reid,Biagini Eugenio F.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521394550

Category: History

Page: 305

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'Those who were originally called radicals and afterwards reformers, are called Chartists', declared Thomas Duncombe before Parliament in 1842, a comment which can be adapted for a later period and as a description of this collection of papers: 'those who were originally called Chartists were afterwards called Liberal and Labour activists'. In other words, the central argument of this book is that there was a substantial continuity in popular radicalism throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. The papers stress both the popular elements in Gladstonian Liberalism and the radical liberal elements in the early Labour party. The first part of the book focuses on the continuity of popular attitudes across the commonly-assumed mid-century divide, with studies of significant personalities and movements, as well as a local case study. The second part examines the strong links between Gladstonian Liberalism and the working classes, looking in particular at labour law, taxation, and the Irish crisis. The final part assesses the impact of radical traditions on early Labour politics, in Parliament, the unions, and local government. The same attitudes towards liberty, the rule of law, and local democracy are highlighted throughout, and new questions are therefore posed about the major transitions in the popular politics of the period.