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Left Radicalism, Labour and Socialism

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/9780748625178.003.0003
Left Radicalism, Labour and Socialism

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This chapter examines the early emergence of the socialist movement in Scotland, what influenced its development, the relationship with the broader trade union movement, and the growing importance of ‘political action’. It also incorporates a case study of the Broxburn miners' strike in 1887, in order to more closely consider how political action, in conjunction with an ongoing industrial dispute, encouraged closer ties between the trade unions and the labour movement, and how this helped the political cause of Independent Labour in Scotland. It considers the formation and impact of the Scottish Labour Party between 1888 and 1894, the origin and development of Scottish socialism, and the political influence of the Marxist Social Democratic Federation and other socialist groups in Edinburgh and the east of Scotland before 1914. It also considers the emergence of the ILP, its relations with more extremist left political parties, and the tentative advance of Scottish labour.

Keywords: socialist movement; Scotland; miners' strike; Independent Labour; Scottish Labour Party; political action; Edinburgh

Chapter.  12354 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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