The Labour Party and British Society: 1880-2005
Sussex Academic Press, 2006 - 228 من الصفحات
This history of the UK's Labour Party since its inception emphasizes the economic and social factors in its evolution-a focus that provides a framework for assessing the elections, personalities and main events in the party's history. The Labour Party and Social Change, 1880-2005 covers the entire history of the Labour Party. It analyzes the reasons for the party's development and depicts its history as the product of economic and social factors. The argument that is developed does not deny the importance of individuals in the party's growth, but rather emphasizes that individuals-leaders and players-have had relatively little room for maneuver, particularly after 1918 when the party suddenly and unexpectedly became a major party of state. But within the framework of prevailing economic and social conditions in Britain, and the desire of the party to be returned to elected office, individuals have had an important impact on how the party perceived and projected itself. The significant roles these individuals played are examined against the background of social change in Britain, up to and including the General Election of May 2005.