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Strikes and Solidarity
Coalfield Conflict in Britain, 1889–1966

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  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521554602

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  • In this book, Roy Church and Quentin Outram investigate the history of strike activity in the British coal mining industry, a byword for industrial militancy since the late nineteenth century. Strikes and Solidarity takes a multidisciplinary approach that blends quantitative and qualitative research methods to form a new explanation for the pattern of strike activity in the industry. It will be of interest to economic and social historians, sociologists and industrial relations specialists.

    • Multi-disciplinary approach
    • Combines quantitative and qualitative research methods
    • Challenges received interpretations of mining strikes and miners' solidarity
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...White takes the reader through an erudite, understandable, and thorough discussion of the various positions taken on the doctrine of predestination in all of its various nuances. Practically everything you ever wanted to know about predestination as it was discussed, particularly in England, between 1500 and 1640 is illuminated by the author....truly brilliant exposition of a complex theological subkect....His care and thoroughness are breathtaking. His writing is provocative fruitful dialogue. Old theses have been challenged and new discussions will begin. White has stirred the waters and must be reckoned with by anyone seeking to get into the territory of theological discourse during the Tudor and Stuart periods of English history....White's book is a "keeper," and it needs to be consumed and digested." Sixteenth Century Journal

    "White has given us a pioneering, scholarly, and admirable study of the academic polemics of predestinarianism." American Historical Review

    "...this is a useful and significant study, one which students of the English Reformed tradition must not take lightly." Sixteenth Century Journal

    "Peter White's first book, appearing shortly before his retirement, is an important contribution to the writing of English church history for the period it covers." Daniel W. Doerksen, Sixteenth Century News

    "...historiographically subtle....a fine book that will be a point of departure for future work in this field." Michael G. Finlayson, Journal of Modern History

    "White has done an impressive work in reading the Latin works of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century theologians and in analyzing them." John LaRocca, Church History

    "This is a landmark study in industrial relations and will be required reading for anyone interested in the causes of strikes in modern industrial societies." Lowell J. Satre, The Historian

    "...this is a major contribution to our understanding of strikes, and through the close analysis of their incidence it helps us understand a great deal about most aspects of coal-mining life. It will plainly be of direct interest to those who specialize in the history of this industry, but it also has much to tell a wider audience about how clearly focused arguments and imaginative use of statistics can illuminate historical problems previously dealt with in terms of under-reseached generalizations and unreflected categories of explanation." Jim Tomlinson, Canadian Journal of History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521554602
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 46 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    List of abbreviations
    1. Interpreting coalfield conflict: focus and formulations
    2. Tradition and modernity: the mining industry 1889–1940
    3. Employers and workers: organizations and strategies
    4. Employers and workers: ideologies, attitudes and political orientations
    5. Configurations of strike activity
    6. Strike participation and solidarity before 1912
    7. Strikes, organization and consciousness in 1912 and after
    8. Conflictual context? The 'isolated mass' revisited
    9. Mining and modernity: size, sectionalism and solidarity
    10. The foundations of strike propensity
    11. Miners and management: agency and action
    12. Industrial relations and strikes after nationalization
    13. International perspectives
    14. Myths and realities: strikes, solidarity and 'militant miners'
    General appendix.

  • Authors

    Roy Church, University of East Anglia

    Quentin Outram, University of Leeds

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