Chapter

Introduction

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/9780748625178.003.0009
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the coverage of this book, which deals mainly with the rise of the radical left in Scotland from the first tentative steps towards industrial political action during the 1870s, through its relative decline at the time of the Independent Labour Party's disaffiliation from the Labour Party in July 1932. It observes how Scottish artisans responded to legal restrictions placed on trade activity in the 1870s; the impulse towards trade union formation among the unskilled during the 1880s and early 1890s and the extent to which this was influenced by socialism; and over the closing decades of the nineteenth century the emergence of the Scottish socialist movement, the drive toward independent labour representation, the formation of the Scottish Labour Party in 1888, the Independent Labour Party in 1893, and the enthusiasm for ‘land reform’ and Scottish ‘home rule’.

Keywords: radical left; Scotland; Independent Labour Party; socialist movement; Scottish Labour Party; land reform; home rule

Chapter.  3063 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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