Epilogue: On Radicalism – and Exporting Scottish Left Radicalism

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:
Epilogue: On Radicalism – and Exporting Scottish Left Radicalism

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This section opines that the roots of the modern European socialist movement were regarded as lying in France, and on the occasion of the first general assembly of the ‘Association Internationale des Travailleurs'’ in Paris, April 1870, the press reported a link was clearly seen between industrial action and politics, and concluded that our ‘own demagogues of the pavement’ have discovered ‘the strength of the unions for political purposes’. It observes in the final analysis that some of the more important aspects of Scottish political radicalism may be better revealed in the context of how well left-radical ideas were received by the imperial working class.

Keywords: European socialist movement; France; Paris; industrial action; political radicalism; imperial working class

Chapter.  2600 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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