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|ISBN:||0312165048 9780312165048 0333560809 9780333560808 0333560817 9780333560815|
|Description:||xi, 300 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||1. Creation and Early Years, 1900-14 --
2. The Surge to Second-Party Status, 1914-22 --
3. Progress and Collapse, 1922-31 --
4. Remaking the Party? 1931-9 --
5. The Impact of the Second World War, 1939-45 --
6. The Attlee Governments, 1945-51 --
7. Searching for a New Direction, 1951-64 --
8. Wilson in Power, 1964-70 --
9. Drift to Defeat? 1970-9 --
10. Disaster and Recovery? 1979-92 --
App. 1. Seats Won at General Elections, 1900-92 --
App. 2. Labour Party Leaders --
App. 3. Labour Cabinets.
|Series Title:||British studies series.|
The book covers the party's history from its foundation in 1900 until the election defeat of 1992, with further discussion of developments since then. The main events in the party's history are discussed, as are the leading personalities, such as MacDonald, Henderson, Attlee, Gaitskell, Wilson, Callaghan, Foot and Kinnock. This is not merely a study of 'high politics', for it tries to relate developments to wider influences within and beyond the confines of the Labour party. Andrew Thorpe's account will be valuable both to students and to any general readers who want to know where the Labour party came from and where it might be going.