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A History of British Trade Unionism, c.1770-1990 By Keith Laybourn

A History of British Trade Unionism, c.1770-1990

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This work offers an examination of the emergence and decline of the British trade union movement. From small and ineffectual beginnings to a force to be reckoned with, Laybourn presents a timely history of a movement linked inherently to the social and political strata of the UK.
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A History of British Trade Unionism, c.1770-1990 by Keith Laybourn

From small and largely ineffectual beginnings the British trade union movement gradually emerged into a force to be reckoned with--a powerful organization that, at its peak, could make or break the operation of British politics and industrial relations. A History of British Trade Unionism sets out to describe, discuss and, furthermore, evaluate the major developments in the evolution of the trade union movement and provides an essential and up-to-date summary of the chief debates that have long divided historians. It focuses upon both the institutional nature of trade union growth and the more rank-and-file shopfloor experience which has been the subject of discussion in recent years. In this fascinating book Keith Laybourn examines the problems of trade union growth in the early nineteenth century, the emergence of the so-called 'new model' and 'new unionism' of the late nineteenth century, the link with the Labour Party, the shop stewards' movement since the First World War, inter-war developments including the General Strike in 1926, the success of British trade unionism between the Second World War and the late 1960s and, finally, the more recent decline of British trade unionism particularly in the face of restrictions imposed by the Thatcher governments. A History of British Trade Unionism gives a full and discerning account of the trade union movement from 1770 to the present day and clears an invaluable 'pathway through the forest of detailed research...to enable the general, rather than specialist, reader to appreciate the major debates which have convulsed the study of British trade union history...'.

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Table of Contents


Early trade unionism c. 1770-1850; "new model" unions and craft unionism c. 1850-87; "old unionism" and the emergence of "new unionism" c. 1888-1909; syndicalism, mass unionism and the Great War, 1910-18; trade unionism during the inter-war years 1918-39; the triumph of British trade unionism c. 1940-69; the challenge to trade unionism and its decline in the "Thatcher years" c. 1970-90.

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GOR002513138
A History of British Trade Unionism, c.1770-1990 by Keith Laybourn
Keith Laybourn
Sutton history paperbacks
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The History Press Ltd
1997-04-24
256
0750914785
9780750914789
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