Book reviews in Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 1

The books listed below are reviewed in Labour History Review (2021), 86, (1), 145-164. Find out more. W.W.J. Knox (University of St Andrews) and A. McKinlay (Newcastle University). Response by the authors to the review of Jimmy Reid: A Clyde-Built Man by Roger Seifert in Labour History Review, 85 (2-2-), 212-15 Dr Joan Allen (Newcastle University) reviewsMarie Fedelma Cross, In the Footsteps of Flora Tristan: A … Continue reading Book reviews in Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 1

Looking for records on Egerton Wake

I am currently researching a PhD at St Andrews University on the demise of the Liberal Party in Scotland in the 1920s. Egerton Wake played a very active role in building up the Labour Party in Scotland, first as the party’s Organising Secretary, active in Scotland, and latterly as Labour’s National Agent. He was prominent in the Union of Democratic Control during the First World War, … Continue reading Looking for records on Egerton Wake

Lewis Minkin (1936-2021)

Lewis Minkin, who has died aged 84, wrote three authoritative, even definitive, books on the exercise of power and political influence inside the Labour Party. In researching The Labour Party Conference (1978), The Contentious Alliance (1991), and The Blair Supremacy (2014), Minkin accessed records available to few and clearly spoke to everyone; equally clearly, everyone spoke to him. Taken together, these three monumental works are … Continue reading Lewis Minkin (1936-2021)

Scott Rawlinson (University of East Anglia) on the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough, 1898-1939

My PhD research looks at the development of the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough from 1898 to 1939, with a particular focus on the period from 1918 to 1939. The aim is to understand the nature of Labour organisation and identity in a mixed constituency beyond the heartlands (that is, an area which does not occupy a special place in standard histories of the party’s development, and … Continue reading Scott Rawlinson (University of East Anglia) on the labour movement and Labour Party in Peterborough, 1898-1939

‘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

Matthew Case-Legge (Chichester) on the Labour Party and the debate over public ownership

I visited the Labour History Archive and Study Centre, attached to the People’s History Museum in Manchester. For my dissertation, I wanted to examine the development of the Labour Party’s conception of the public ownership of industry during the inter-war period. Before arriving I was not sure quite which industry to focus on, waiting for that to be informed by the amount of material available. … Continue reading Matthew Case-Legge (Chichester) on the Labour Party and the debate over public ownership

Sam Pallis (Queen Mary/UCL) on 1968 as a turning point for British Trotskyism

My dissertation explores how 1968 transformed the nature of Trotskyism within the Labour Party (LP). Before 1968, Trotskyist groups within the Party had primarily pursued a workerist notion of Marxism, relegating race and women’s liberation as subsidiary to the class struggle. Alongside this they viewed Lenin’s notion of the vanguard party, run by a tight group of cadres, as the only means by which to … Continue reading Sam Pallis (Queen Mary/UCL) on 1968 as a turning point for British Trotskyism

Sources for the Parliamentary Labour Party

The Society for the Study of Labour History produced a fact sheet to coincide with the Parliamentary Labour Party Centenary Conference, London South Bank University, 24-25 November 2006. It provides an overview of key collections held at institutions that are members of the SSLH Archives and Resources Committee. The guide was updated April 2019. Download the fact sheet in PDF format. Continue reading Sources for the Parliamentary Labour Party