Journal articles: The Inter War Years

 

Bibliography Early Years 1914-1924 1920-31 Inter War Years Road to Victory'45 Labour's leadership

Neil Riddle

 

WALTER CITRINE AND THE BRITISH LABOUR MOVEMENT, 1925-1935.
History (2000) 85(278): pp.285-306.

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Walter Critrine the TUC General Secretary was far more influential than generally thought and due to his influence the trade unions prevented the party moving left after 1931.

Andrew Thorpe

 

"SPEAK FOR ENGLAND," ACT FOR ENGLAND: LABOUR'S LEADERSHIP AND BRITISH NATIONAL SECURITY UNDER THE THREAT OF WAR IN THE LATE 1930S.
European History Quarterly
 (1999) 29(2): pp.251-287.

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Articles deals with the controversies and debates surrounding rearmament and the threat posed by Nazi Germany.

Gerald Crompton  

"GOOD BUSINESS FOR THE NATION": THE RAILWAY NATIONALISATION ISSUE, 1921-47.
Journal of Transport History
 (1999), 20(2): pp.141-159.

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Reviews the debate in Britain over railway nationalization that took place between the Railways Act of 1921 and the Transport Act of 1947.

Alan Booth  

HOW LONG ARE LIGHT YEARS IN BRITISH POLITICS? THE LABOUR PARTY'S ECONOMIC IDEAS IN THE 1930S.
Twentieth Century British History
  (1996) 7(1): pp.1-26.

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Argues that Labour's economic policies developed slowly sharing more in common with the MacDonald/Snowden era. The wartime coalition government had more influence on Labour in 1945.

Paul Kelemen  

ZIONISM AND THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY: 1917-39.
Social History
 (1996) 21(1): pp.71-87.

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The Labour Party's natural sympathy with nationalist groups opposing British colonial rule was overturned in its pro-Zionist position between the 1920's and 1940's. A lingering scriptural sympathy for the Israelites was sufficient to encourage a pro-Zionist position among the British ruling class, but for the British Left a more convincing argument was the inability of the Arabs to develop the lands which they had settled. This utilitarian argument persuaded the Labour Party that Israelis were more suited to occupy Palestine. No evidence of domestic electoral advantage can be discerned that might have acted as an encouragement to the Labour Party to adopt this position.

Peter Catterall  

MORALITY AND POLITICS: THE FREE CHURCHES AND THE LABOUR PARTY BETWEEN THE WARS.
Historical Journal
 (1993) 36(3): pp.667-685.

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The Free Churches and its leadership had little institutional influence over Labour but many nonconformists were active in the party and thus contributed to Labour's attitudes to various social issues.

Martin Francis  

OLD REALISMS: POLICY REVIEWS OF THE PAST.
Labour History Review
 (1991) 56(1): pp.14-24.

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Examination of policymaking from 1931 to 1951.

Jerry Brookshire  

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LABOUR, 1921-1946.
Albion (1986) 18(1): pp.43-69.

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The NCL was ineffective and only useful when both the TUC and the Party both wished to co-operate.

C. Fleay and M.L.Sanders  

THE LABOUR SPAIN COMMITTEE: LABOUR PARTY POLICY AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR.
Historical Journal
  (1985) 28(1): pp.187-197.

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The Labour Spain Committee, founded in 1937, articulated under its chairman H. N. Brailsford the protest of Labour Party members against attitudes of the party leadership toward the Spanish Civil War. The party leaders founded the Spain Campaign Committee.

Robert Dare  

INSTINCT AND ORGANIZATION: INTELLECTUALS AND BRITISH LABOUR AFTER 1931.
Historical Journal
  (1983) 26(3): pp.677-697.

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Examines influence of Laski, Tawney and Cole.

   

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