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Labour's First Century


Duncan Tanner, Pat Thane, Nick Tiratsoo, Jose Harris, Jim Tomlinson, Stephen Howe, Miles Taylor, Martin Francis, Alastair J. Reid, Stefan Berger, Jon Lawrence, Steven Fielding
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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037990

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  • The Labour Party's centenary is an appropriate moment to evaluate its performance across the twentieth century, and to reflect on why a party which has so many achievements to its credit nonetheless spent so much of the period in opposition. Duncan Tanner, Pat Thane and Nick Tiratsoo have assembled a team of acknowledged experts who cover a wide range of key issues, from economic policy to gender. The editors also provide a lucid, accessible introduction. Labour's First Century covers the most important areas of party policy and practice, always placing these in a broader context. Taken together, these essays challenge those who minimize the party's contribution, whilst they also explain why mistakes and weaknesses have occurred. Everyone interested in British political history - whether supporters or opponents of the Labour Party - will need to read Labour's First Century.

    • Covers the most important areas of party policy and practice for the Party's centenary in 2000
    • This is a collaborative work featuring internationally recognized authorities on their specialist areas
    • Accessibly written and of interest to Labour Party members and followers as well as academics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… this is an excellent book. The contributions are all sober and well focused, and considerable effort and thought have gone into them.' History

    'The editors are … to be congratulated, both for having assembled such a formidable team, and for harnessing its efforts to such considerable and consistent effect … this collection makes an important contribution to the rewriting of Labour's history.' Labour History Review

    '… offers a valuable guide to current research.' Twentieth Century British History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037990
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.635kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Introduction Duncan Tanner, Pat Thane and Nick Tiratsoo
    1. Labour's political and social thought Jose Harris
    2. Labour and the economy Jim Tomlinson
    3. Labour and welfare Pat Thane
    4. Labour and international affairs Stephen Howe
    5. Labour and the constitution Miles Taylor
    6. Labour and gender Martin Francis
    7. Labour and the trade unions Alastair J. Reid
    8. Labour and its membership Duncan Tanner
    9. Labour and the electorate Nick Tiratsoo
    10. Labour in comparative perspective Stefan Berger
    11. Labour - the myths it has lived by Jon Lawrence
    12. New Labour and the past Steven Fielding
    Appendix I. Labour and the electorate, 1900–97
    Appendix II. Labour Party membership

  • Editors

    Duncan Tanner, University of Wales, Bangor

    Pat Thane, University of Sussex

    Nick Tiratsoo, University of Luton


    Duncan Tanner, Pat Thane, Nick Tiratsoo, Jose Harris, Jim Tomlinson, Stephen Howe, Miles Taylor, Martin Francis, Alastair J. Reid, Stefan Berger, Jon Lawrence, Steven Fielding

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