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Published: 01 March 2016

328 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719090684

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The Great Labour Unrest

Rank-and-file movements and political change in the Durham coalfield

Author Lewis H. Mates

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Contains two pivotal comparative aspects; comparing socialist and syndicalist activists in tandem, and making fruitful comparisons with the contemporary dynamics of the situation in the South Wales coalfield, addressing the question of the latter's exceptionalism
  • Draws widely on a vast, diverse, rich and hitherto under-utilised body of primary sources
  • Makes a genuine contribution to core debates about the 'rise of Labour', the nature of British syndicalism, the relationship between industrial and political militancy, the nature and impact of activists' ideology, the minimum wage, 'structure and agency' and "rank-and-filism"
  • Provides the first published account of a front-ranking British miners' district union focusing on the fascinating and turbulent 'Great Labour Unrest' period

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