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Democratic ideas and the British Labour Movement, 1880-1914 [electronic resource] /
Logie Barrow, Ian Bullock.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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ix, 326 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
052156042X (hc)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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052156042X (hc)
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8359853
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-03-01:
Based on a remarkable knowledge of resources--especially the serials Justice, Commonweal, Clarion, Labour Leader, and labor union publications--Barrow (Univ. of Bremen) and Bullock (Brighton College of Technology) carefully present the complex story of democratic ideas of the political left in Britain from 1880 to 1914. The political left was often split over the concepts of strong and weak democracy. For example, the Social Democratic Federation inherited much from the Chartists and normally advocated a direct form of citizen participation, while the Fabians and many unions advocated the delegating of authority to leaders. Syndicalists were suspicious of powerful leaders; opponents of the Independent Labour Party accused its National Administrative Council of focusing power in the hands of the few. The authors discuss in detail the democratic tendency of the National and International General Federation of Trade and Labour Unions (NIGFTLU), a federation founded in the 1890s. The study would have benefited from a list of initials used for the many organizations. Graduate, faculty. L. J. Satre Youngstown State University
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"...tour de force. Woodhouse's book is a model regional study in that it shows both the distinctiveness of the local labor movement and its relationship to national organizations and to historical developments of the period. It should inspire others of the same ilk." Pamela M. Graves, Victorian Studies
"Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement...is an orginal and suggestive work that anyone interested in the history of British labor will want to read." Peter Weiler, Albion
"Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement which is based on careful and extensive research, is an original and suggestive work that anyone interested in the history British labor will want to read." Peter Weiler, Albion
"From undergraduate level and beyond, readers new to the history of British labor or 20th century politics generally should still be advised to consult this book in its new edition." Malcom Chase, Labor History
'It traces the importance of democracy from those who took on the mantle of the Chartists, to those who came together to form the Labour Party, and from those who believed in strong democracy to those who believed that they could change the world simply by being in power without winning the arguments among the majority of the electorate.' Chartist
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Issues of democratic principle and form were of major importance in the pre-1914 socialist, trade union and Labour movements. This is the first detailed study of that debate, reflecting also on current arguments over democracy and electoral reform.
Description for Bookstore
Issues of democratic principle and form were of major importance in the pre-1914 socialist, trade union and labour movements. This is the first detailed study of that debate, which centered around socialists of the British Radical tradition and which reflects on the current argument over democratic structures and electoral reform.
Description for Library
Issues of democratic principle and form were of major importance in the pre-1914 socialist, trade union and Labour movements. This is the first detailed study of that debate, which centred around socialists of the British Radical tradition, the Fabians and the Independent Labour Party leadership, and which reflects on the current argument over democratic structures and electoral reform. Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement assesses attitudes to democracy at a formative period for the history of socialist ideas and the British Labour movement.
Main Description
This is the first detailed survey of democratic ideas on the British Left in the period leading to 1914. Socialists of the late nineteenth century inherited assumptions about the priority of democracy from a long tradition of British Radicalism. However, the advent of the Fabians, who rejected this tradition as primitive, and of an ILP leadership more concerned to enter than reform parliament, meant that the movement was split between 'strong' and 'weak' views of democracy. By the eve of the First World War a consensus was emerging that might have formed the basis for a more realistic and more radical approach to democracy than has actually been pursued by the Labour Party and the Left during the twentieth century. Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement assesses an important debate in the history of socialist ideas and in the formation of the British Labour movement.
Main Description
Issues of democratic principle and form were of major importance in the pre-1914 socialist, trade union and labor movements. This is the first detailed study of that debate, which centered around socialists of the British Radical tradition, the Fabians, and the Independent Labour Party leadership, and which reflects on the current argument over democratic structures and electoral reform. Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement assesses attitudes to democracy at a formative period in the history of socialist ideas and the British Labour movement.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The survival of Chartist assumptions
Democracy and socialism in the 1890s
Democracy and the industrial struggle
Conflicts in the ILP
The pressure to federate: the industrial struggle in the late 1890s
The rise and fall of the Clarion Federation
The early 1900s: a hinge period
Socialists and the state
Parliamentary democracy? 'Fred's obsession' and the path to the Bradford resolution
Background to sydicalism: the legacy of the NIGFLTU's failure
Avoiding the 'Servile State' The impact of syndicalism and guild socialism
1914: an emerging consensus on the eve of Armageddon
Conclusions
Appendix
Index
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