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The winter of discontent : myth, memory, and history

Author: Tara Martin López
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2014.
Series: Studies in labour history (Liverpool University Press), 4.
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In the midst of the freezing winter of 1978-79, more than 2,000 strikes, infamously coined the "Winter of Discontent," erupted across Britain as workers rejected the then Labour Government's attempts to curtail wage increases with an incomes policy. Labour's subsequent electoral defeat at the hands of the Conservative Party under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher ushered in an era of unprecedented political,  Read more...
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Martin López, Tara.
Winter of discontent.
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2014
(OCoLC)879599696
Named Person: James Callaghan; Margaret Thatcher; James Callaghan; Margaret Thatcher
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tara Martin López
ISBN: 9781781381588 1781381585 1781386013 9781781386019
OCLC Number: 900167794
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 239 pages)
Contents: DedicationAcknowledgementsForeword by Sheila RowbothamIntroduction1. The Ghosts of the Past: Myth and the Winter of Discontent2. Winter of Discontent:Causes and Context3. The Floodgates Open: The Strike at Ford4. 'The Second Stalingrad:' The Road Haulage Strikes5. 'Freezers of Corpses and Sea Burials:' The Liverpool Gravediggers' Strike6. Unseemly Behaviour: Women and Local Authority Strikes7. 'Celia's Gate' and Strikes in the National Health Service8. Crosscurrents of Memory: Myth, Memory, and Counter-Memory9. ConclusionBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Studies in labour history (Liverpool University Press), 4.
Responsibility: Tara Martin López.

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A reassessment of the myth of the British 'Winter of Discontent', 1978-79, from the perspective of those involved, in particular, grassroots activists and the growing number of female activists.  Read more...

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