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War and Revolution and the Scottish Working Class

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/9780748625178.003.0007
War and Revolution and the Scottish Working Class

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This chapter examines the other nerve centres of discontent that were forming beyond the west of Scotland in such places as Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and the mining districts of Fife. It notes that the example of Scottish war resisters clearly demonstrated that they were politically active across much of Scotland, and that the impact of the Russian Revolution only added an impetus and further momentum to the development of the radical left throughout the country. It reports that Dundee was to become the main centre of the anti-war activities of the No-Conscription Fellowship and the ILP during the war, and a stronghold of communism in the 1920s. It further reports that there was a pacifist majority on the Aberdeen Trades Council's executive committee by 1918, and in relation to its size and population Aberdeen was considered ‘more red than Glasgow’ by the early 1920s.

Keywords: Aberdeen; Dundee; Edinburgh; Fife; Russian Revolution; No-Conscription Fellowship; ILP; communism; Aberdeen Trades Council; Glasgow

Chapter.  10912 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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