Critical and iconoclastic, Comrade or Brother? traces the history of the British Labour Movement from its beginnings at the onset of industrialisation through its development within a capitalist society, up to the end of the twentieth-century.
Written by a leading activist in the labour movement, the book redresses the balance in much labour history writing. It examines the place of women and the influence of racism and sexism as well as providing a critical analysis of the rival ideologies which played a role in the uneven development of the labour movement.
Mary Davis is Professor of Labour History at London Metropolitan University. She has written widely on labour and women's history, most recently Sylvia Pankhurst (Pluto, 1999) and Comrade or Brother? (Pluto, 2009).
Introduction Part 1: The Industrial Revolution 1. Economic and Political Background 1780 - 1850 2. The Impact of the French Revolution 1789 - 1815 3. 1815 - 1836 Post War Radicalism 4. The Age of Chartism Part 2: 1850 - 1920 The Workshop of the World and Beyond 5. Economic and Political Background 1850 - 1918 6. Trade Unions, Politics and the labour Aristocracy 1850 - 1880 7. The Rise of a Mass Labour Movement - Trade Unionism, 1880s - 1914 8. The Rise of a Mass Labour Movement - Socialist Politics, 1880s - 1914 9. Labour, the Shop Stewards; Movement and the First World War Part 3: Re-Adjustment 10. Economic and Political Background 1920 - 1951 11. Labour Governments and Unemployment 1920 - 1931 12. Trade Unions, the General Strike and the Aftermath 13. The Labour Movement, Fascism and anti-Fascism and War 14. War and peace 1940 - 1951 15. The Workers the Labour Movement Forgot - Women and Black People 1926 - 1951 16. 1951 - 1979 Consensus Politics? Conclusion Notes Index