Comrade or Brother?

Comrade or Brother? : A History of the British Labour Movement

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Critical and iconoclastic, Comrade or Brother? traces the history of the British Labour Movement from its beginnings at the onset of industrialisation through its development within a capitalist society, up to the end of the twentieth-century.

Written by a leading activist in the labour movement, the book redresses the balance in much labour history writing. It examines the place of women and the influence of racism and sexism as well as providing a critical analysis of the rival ideologies which played a role in the uneven development of the labour movement.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745325777
  • 9780745325774

Table of contents


Part 1: The Industrial Revolution

1. Economic and Political Background 1780 - 1850

2. The Impact of the French Revolution 1789 - 1815

3. 1815 - 1836 Post War Radicalism

4. The Age of Chartism

Part 2: 1850 - 1920 The Workshop of the World and Beyond

5. Economic and Political Background 1850 - 1918

6. Trade Unions, Politics and the labour Aristocracy 1850 - 1880

7. The Rise of a Mass Labour Movement - Trade Unionism, 1880s - 1914

8. The Rise of a Mass Labour Movement - Socialist Politics, 1880s - 1914

9. Labour, the Shop Stewards; Movement and the First World War

Part 3: Re-Adjustment

10. Economic and Political Background 1920 - 1951

11. Labour Governments and Unemployment 1920 - 1931

12. Trade Unions, the General Strike and the Aftermath

13. The Labour Movement, Fascism and anti-Fascism and War

14. War and peace 1940 - 1951

15. The Workers the Labour Movement Forgot - Women and Black People 1926 - 1951

16. 1951 - 1979 Consensus Politics?



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'At last a readable and accessible general history of the labour movement ... Highly recommended' -- Manchester TUC Newsletter 'Ideal - I wish it had been available in the decades when I was teaching trade union courses' -- Jim Fryth, Labour History Review 'Stands in comparison with A. L. Morton's People's History and G. D. H. Cole's Common People. But it is more than just this. It is in a real sense a history for our own times' -- John Foster, Emeritus Professor, University of the West of Scotland
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About Mary Davis

Mary Davis is Professor of Labour History at London Metropolitan University. She has written widely on labour and women's history, most recently Sylvia Pankhurst (Pluto, 1999) and Comrade or Brother? (Pluto, 2009).
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