Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 2

Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 2 has now been published.

Charlotte Brontë and E.P. Thompson were in agreement that the Luddites of the West Riding were Antinomians – descendants of a radical sect that claimed to be exempt from moral laws. In this issue of Labour History Review, Matthew Roberts re-examines the relationship between the author of “The Making of the English Working Class” and religion, and  tests the hypothesis that Luddites may have been Antinomians through a case study of Luddism in the West Riding and the place of religious enthusiasm in working-class protest and culture in the early nineteenth century. Read more.

Lewis Mates and Lucy Grimshaw consider the use of trade union banners as tools for mainstream education by focusing on the educational work undertaken by the Follonsby Miner’s Banner Association in partnership with a local primary school. Read more.

And, in Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’, Emmet O’Connor examines the thinking behind the initiative, the state of the Irish Labour History Society and Irish labour historiography, the involvement of state authorities with labour anniversaries, and the consequences for publications on labour and on the public understanding of labour historiography. Read more.

The Book Reviews section includes reviews by Keith Laybourn, Georgio Riello, Peter Gurney, Sara Hellawell, Ad Knotter, Chitra Joshi, Ben Curtis and Katie Milestone. Read more.

Go direct to Labour History Review 86(2021):2 on the Liverpool University Press website.