The Political and Workplace Culture of the Scottish Working Class, 1880–1914

  • William Knox
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Abstract

In the 1970s one of the perennial questions undergraduates faced on labour history question papers was ‘Account for the rise of the Labour Party before 1914’. The question implied the inevitable and predictable rise and mass growth of Labour, and the subsequent decline of the Liberal Party as the chief casualty of the ‘revolution’ in British politics and society. The key factors in this process were the growth of class consciousness among workers, especially the unskilled, due to mass strikes in the last decades of the nineteenth century; unfavourable trade union legislation and adverse legal decisions which drove the unions into politics; changes in the franchise which brought more workers into the electoral system; and the activities of socialists and the ideology of marxism.

Keywords

Hull Arena Grease Trade Unionism Ethos 

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