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The Fall of the Radical Left, c. 1920 to 1932

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/9780748625178.003.0008
The Fall of the Radical Left, c. 1920 to 1932

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This chapter examines the decline in industrial militancy during the early 1920s, what this meant for the workers such as the dockers and the railwaymen, and the impact of unemployment and falling membership in what was to prove a troublesome and difficult decade for trade unions. It concludes by considering the impact of the ILP's disaffiliation from the Labour Party in July 1932. It also raises the question: ‘To what extent did the 1930s mark the decline and disintegration of the radical left in Scotland’?

Keywords: industrial militancy; dockers; railwaymen; unemployment; trade unions; ILP; Labour Party; radical left; Scotland

Chapter.  9656 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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