Chapter

Introduction

Hester Barron

in The 1926 Miners' Lockout

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575046
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722196 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575046.003.0001

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Introduction

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After a brief account of the events of 1926, this introductory chapter outlines the different ways in which the concept of community has been treated in the existing literature, and particularly the contested idea of the ‘mining community’, both in the 1920s and since. The concept of ‘region’ is then explored, along with a description of the Durham coalfield. Finally, the term ‘miner’ is examined, with reference both to what it meant to contemporaries and to later commentators. The popular conception of both the mining community and the events of 1926 remains a romantic one, and the chapter concludes that while such imagery played a role in shaping the response of participants and other contemporaries, it should be avoided in any historical analysis of the lockout.

Keywords: 1926; community; Durham; coalfield; region; miner

Chapter.  7722 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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