Liberalism and the Rise of Labour 1890-1918

Keith Laybourn, Jack Reynolds

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First published in 1984. This book is a detailed study of the way in which the growing Labour movement gradually ousted the Liberals in West Yorkshire between 1890 and 1924. It demonstrates the basis of old Liberalism and the strength of local non-conformity, and its powerful links with the textile and engineering industries. It shows how the Liberalism of this district was dominated by small groups of well-to-do leaders involved in these main industries. This study also shows the gradual breakdown of the political consensus established between the Liberal party and the working classes and explains how the increasing opposition to Liberalism was channelled into the socialist movement. In all, the authors present a thorough and extensive study of the political changes in a particularly interesting part of the British Isles.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages236
ISBN (Electronic)9780429440502
ISBN (Print)9781138340701
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Library Editions: The Labour Movement
PublisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group


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