Labour and the Left in the 1930s Kindle Ê the Left


  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Labour and the Left in the 1930s
  • Ben Pimlott
  • English
  • 06 February 2014
  • 9780521214483

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  1. Robert Maisey Robert Maisey says:

    This book is a detailed study centred on the friction between Labour's National Executive its Conferences and the factional left organised around Stafford Cripps and The Socialist League It also contains illuminating analysis of the fall of the ILP and the rise of the CLPs as significant expressions of rank and file pressure Additionally a good section of the book is given over to the many abortive efforts made by the far left in Britain to achieve an electoral Popular Front against fascism with a worthwhile and dispassionate assessment of the Left Book Club For the purposes of this study the trade unions exist as a sceptical and irritable bloc vote at party conference and their internal dynamics are left unexplored The author clearly has a strong empathy with the internal culture of the Labour Party and is able to convey most arguments from multiple angles It becomes clear however that Pimlott believes that left wing campaigns to transform the Labour Party into the spearhead of a militant working class or vehicle for a messianic socialism were wrongheaded based on a fundamental misjudgement of the unalterably reformist and electoralist outlook of the partyThis book is often referenced in other histories of Britain in the 1930s and its not hard to see why The specific territory it covers is addressed in exuisite detail however someone new to the subject might want to tackle this alongside a general history of the interwar years


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Labour and the Left in the 1930s[Reading] ➲ Labour and the Left in the 1930s ➺ Ben Pimlott – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 The s was the Left Kindle Ò 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 Labour and PDF \ 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 and the Left PDF Ë of hindering the achievement of widely shared goals.


About the Author: Ben Pimlott

A professor of the Left Kindle Ò modern British political history Ben Pimlott was professor of contemporary history at Birkbeck College London from to and warden of Goldsmiths College from until his death in .