Miners, Unions and Politics, 1910-1947


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Miners, Unions and Politics, 1910-1947

by Nina Fishman (Author)
by Alan Campbell (Author)
David Howell (Editor)



ISBN: 9781859282694


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An examination of the politics of the British Miner's Federation, the influences of syndicalism and communism, and the uneven pace of the Labour Party's progress within the coalfields. This work also discusses the formation of the NUM and the nationalization of the mining industry.

The near destruction of the coal industry and the NUM offers a timely vantage point from which to appraise their history. This book presents a collection of specially commissioned essays by leading authorities on miners' history, which challenge the stereotypical imagery of miners' solidarity and loyalty to the Labour Party. This book examines the politics of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, the unique influences of syndicalism and communism within some of its constituent areas, and the uneven pace of the Labour Party's 'forward march' within the coalfields. Such national developments are then studied within their diverse regional contexts through a series of case studies which permits comparison between the major British coalfields. Finally, the book considers the attempts to overcome these regional diversities with the formation of the National Union of Mineworkers and the nationalisation of the mining industry.


ISBN 1859282695
ISBN13 9781859282694
Publisher Scolar Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 25/01/1996
Pages 320
Weight (grammes) 691
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 156

List of Tables
List of Maps and Figures
List of Abbreviations
Introduction, Alan Campbell, Nina Fishman, David Howell
Part One: National Perspectives
"A Cult of Their Own": Syndicalism and The Miners' Next Step, David Egan
"All or Nowt": The Politics of the MFGB, David Howell
The Labour Party and Electoral Politics in the Coalfields, Duncan Tanner
Heroes and Anti-heroes: Communists in the Coalfields, Nina Fishman
Part Two: Regional Studies
"The Hope of the British Proletariat: The South Wales Miners, 1910-1947, Chris Williams
The Social History of Political Conflict in the Scots Coalfields, 1910-1939, Alan Campbell
The Miners, Unions and Politics in Nottinghamshire, 1910-47, David Gilbert
Work, Class and Community: Social Identities and Political Change in the Lancashire Coalfield, 1910-1939, Trevor Griffiths
The Politics of Labourism in the Yorkshire Coalfield, 1926-45, Andrew Taylor
Part Three: Outcomes: Learning from Bitter Experience: The Making of the NUM, Hywel Francis
The Beginning of the Beginning: The Miners and Nationalisation, 1947, Nina Fishman