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Red Scotland, c. 1910 to 1932: 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/9780748625178.003.0004
Red Scotland, c. 1910 to 1932: Themes and Issues

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This chapter considers the period of unparalleled labour unrest and widespread social discontent experienced between 1910 and 1914. It notes that until recently it was argued that Scots were less involved in the ‘display of rank-and-file temper’ than workers in the industrial regions in England and Wales. It reports that the research conducted by the Glasgow Labour History Workshop (GLHW) on the unrest in the industrial west of Scotland demonstrated that this view is no longer tenable. It opines that the strike wave that convulsed the west of Scotland was at the very least comparable to other industrial regions of Britain. It also considers George Dangerfield's classic treatise, The Strange Death of Liberal England (1935), and that part of his work which examines the ‘labour war’ in England (Britain).

Keywords: labour unrest; England; Wales; Glasgow Labour History Workshop; strike wave; Scotland; George Dangerfield; labour war

Chapter.  7398 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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