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Radical Scotland, c. 1872 to 1910: Themes and Issues

William Kenefick

in Red Scotland!

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625178
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625178.003.0001
Radical Scotland, c. 1872 to 1910: Themes and Issues

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This chapter considers the role of the Irish and their relationship to the new unionism, in particular the influence of politics in the development of general dock unionism, and this also raises questions regarding the difference between old and new unionism in the 1880s and early 1890s. It observes that many historians have come to view the ‘militant and aggressive’ form of new trade unionism as evidence of new directions in industrial relations, and because of the connections with socialism evidence of a new class consciousness. It notes that the theme of socialism and its impacts is important to any discussion of the new unionism, and this is further developed into a more wide-ranging debate concerning the relationship between socialism and the labour movement more generally before 1914.

Keywords: Irish; new unionism; dock unionism; socialism; labour movement

Chapter.  8730 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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