The 1930s was the decade of the Jarrow March and the International Brigade - the 'Red Decade' of literary imagination. Yet there has seldom been a time when the influence of the British Left has been at a lower ebb. Why was this? In this book Ben Pimlott suggests answers, and challenges established myths about left-wing politics during a crucial period. Pimlott's study is concerned with the relationship between ideas and political action. The author is interested in the distinction which can be drawn between 'expressive' and 'instrumental' approaches to political behaviour, and a central theme is that the 'expressive' politics of some sections of the Left had an ironic effect of hindering the achievement of widely shared goals.
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'In view of the current world economic crisis, there has probably never been a better time to review Labour and the British Left's actions and reactions to the terrible recession of the 1930s. At the same time it is also very worthwhile reading Ben Pimlott's masterful analysis of that era.' Open History
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511865275
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Table of Contents
Part I. Labour and the Crisis:
4. Fabians and Keynesians
5. Labour and the Left: the Socialist League
6. Radicalism or Socialism?
Part II. United Front:
8. Outside Left and the United Front
9. Labour and the United Front
Part III. Rank and File:
Part IV. Alliance:
15. Popular Front
16. Labour and the Left Book Club
17. Parliamentary Alliance?
18. Cripps and the Petition Campaign
19. Labour and the War 1939–40
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