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The English Road to Socialism

Ross McKibbin

in Parties and People

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584697
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702402 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584697.003.0005
The English Road to Socialism

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The Party victorious in 1945 had, of course, a pre-history. The programme that the Labour Party presented to the electorate in 1945 was not developed overnight and was a product of more than just the Second World War. Indeed, to a large degree it had been formulated even before the outbreak of war. This chapter discusses the evolution of that programme and considers the ways in which, and with what success, it was implemented by the Attlee government. To do so, it looks back at the Labour Party's reaction to the disaster of 1931 and its further electoral defeat in 1935. That is when the story of the Attlee government begins.

Keywords: British politics; Labour Party; Attlee government

Chapter.  13801 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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