Indexing Labour History Review to create a research tool for labour historians

What started as a personal project to help navigate Labour History Review more easily has produced an invaluable tool for labour historians, as Mike Mecham explains. As an Irish labour historian comparatively new to the field, I soon found Labour History Review to be an important research tool.  It not only published material on a wide range of themes but was international in its coverage.  … Continue reading Indexing Labour History Review to create a research tool for labour historians

Labour History Review Volume 85 (2020), Issue 3

Labour History Review Volume 85 (2020), Issue 3 has now been published. This issue begins with a series of appreciations for the life of Malcolm Chase, who died in March 2020 aged just 63. Malcolm was professor of history at the University of Leeds, and a vice-president of the Society for the Study of Labour History. Though best known for his book Chartism: A New … Continue reading Labour History Review Volume 85 (2020), Issue 3

Building the ‘House of Industry’: Factory Citizenship and Gendered Spaces at Cadbury’s and Rowntree’s

Author: Timo LuksThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (3), 233–252. Find out more. This article examines the case studies of Cadbury’s and Rowntree’s to show how two particular factories have been transformed into what could be called middle-range experimental spaces. It demonstrates how one particular setting of industrial ‘governmentality’ was established, based on cooperation, ‘mutual understanding’, and ‘empowerment’ … Continue reading Building the ‘House of Industry’: Factory Citizenship and Gendered Spaces at Cadbury’s and Rowntree’s

Navigating Deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: The Closure of Bilston Steel Works and the Politics of Work, Place, and Belonging

2019 Labour History Review Essay Prize Winner Author: Matt BeebeeThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (3), 253–284. Find out more. This article examines the impact of industrial decline on popular constructions of selfhood and place during the 1970s through a case study of the Bilston Steel Works in the West Midlands, which closed in May 1979. Following recent … Continue reading Navigating Deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: The Closure of Bilston Steel Works and the Politics of Work, Place, and Belonging

A Place in History? The 2018 Marx Bicentennial in Germany

Author: Detlev MaresThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (3), 285–308. Find out more. This article queries the merits and limitations of the historicization approach that informed many of the productions on Marx’s two-hundredth anniversary in Germany in 2018. The article presents the approach’s application in exhibitions, biographies, and movies. In order to contextualize the historicization project in the … Continue reading A Place in History? The 2018 Marx Bicentennial in Germany

LHR postgraduate essay prize 2021

Postgraduates are encouraged to submit articles for consideration for the 2021 essay prize to the editors of Labour History Review. This annual prize awards £500 for the best essay which will be published in the LHR.  The deadline for the 2021 prize is the 28 February 2021. The 2020 prize was won by Matt Beebee of Exeter University for his essay entitled ‘Navigating deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: … Continue reading LHR postgraduate essay prize 2021

‘These Apish Tricks’: Newspaper Cartooning and the Struggle for the Labour Party, 1900–1914

Author: Samuel S. HydeThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (2), 157–197. Find out more. The Labour Party’s use of cartoons is an underexplored aspect of its history. This article examines the role of cartooning in Labour’s formative struggles, as a constituent of the cultural processes that helped shape the Labour alliance, prior to the First World War. From … Continue reading ‘These Apish Tricks’: Newspaper Cartooning and the Struggle for the Labour Party, 1900–1914

Transnational Borrowings: Scottish Sons of Labour and American Knights of Labor, 1887–1890

Author: Steven ParfittThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (2), 127–156. Find out more. Between 1883 and 1900 an American working-class movement, the Knights of Labor, spread around the world. Their assemblies appeared in Europe, Australasia, and Southern Europe, as well as North America. Yet they also inspired a range of emulating movements in different parts of the world. … Continue reading Transnational Borrowings: Scottish Sons of Labour and American Knights of Labor, 1887–1890

Chartism’s Electoral Strategy and the Bifurcation of Radicalism, 1837–1852

Author: Tom Scriven This is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (2), 99–126. Find out more. Chartism’s participation in parliamentary elections has only recently received serious attention, with a number of historians seeing it as evidence of cooperative relations between Chartism and Liberal MPs and parliamentary candidates that facilitated the electoral alliance of popular Liberalism in the 1860s. This article … Continue reading Chartism’s Electoral Strategy and the Bifurcation of Radicalism, 1837–1852

Communism in Cold War Belfast, 1945–1962

Author: Patrick SmylieThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (1), 59–83. Find out more. This article traces the history of communism in Belfast from 1945 to 1962. Beginning with an assessment of the local Communist Party’s strength and ambitions in the immediate post-war period, it examines rapid membership decline and deteriorating relations with the Northern Ireland Labour Party, suggesting … Continue reading Communism in Cold War Belfast, 1945–1962