Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2014

208 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719096723

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Collieries, Communities and the Miners' Strike in Scotland, 1984-85

Jim Phillips

Published by Manchester University Press

Critical Labour Movement Studies MUP

  • Focuses on colliery- and community-level factors in shaping and sustaining the strike, which tends to be understood in overly narrow high political terms
  • Examines Scottish developments, which were central to the outbreak and longevity of the strike against closures
  • Demonstrates that the strike was a popular and socially-embedded phenomenon, with limited connection to the 'Scargill versus Thatcher' dispute of historical legend and much political literature
  • Provides immediate and highly engaging history from below perspectives on society and politics in the 1980s, using interviews with strike participants
  • A major re-evaluation of the 1984-5 Miners' Strike, which was a central event in Britain's recent economic, industrial and political history, and the first book to show the pivotal and distinctive nature of the strike in Scotland