Industrial Politics is a significant contribution to the social and political history of the industrial working class in 1926, drawing on new methodological perspectives that have emerged in recent years relating to the study of labour. The seven-month national mining lock-out of 1926 was one of the most important industrial disputes of the twentieth century. It came to symbolize the defeat of the labour movement in the interwar years, casting a long shadow over industrial relations in the mining industry, and epitomizing the predicament of British miners in the early decades of the century. However, despite its massive impact on the lives of so many, unlike the General Strike, the 1926 lock-out has attracted relatively little scholarly interest. Industrial Politics provides a comprehensive survey of the lock-out at national, regional and local levels, utilizing archive sources and newly-accessible documents.
In addition to a full historical overview and chronology, individual chapters consider the contexts for the lock-out, ranging from the crisis of 1926 to the unions and the owners, offer regional perspectives from north and south Wales, Scotland and Lancashire, and examine specific themes such as gender and community, policing and public order, and the communist party.
Alan Campbell is a Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool and the author of many books and articles on the social and labour history of British mining. Keith Gildart is a Research Fellow in Politics at the University of York. John McIlroy is reader in Sociology at the University of Manchester and has published many books and articles on the labour movement.
Part 1: The Context; 1. Capitalist crisis in 1926 John Foster, University of Paisley; 2. The state of the unions: the MFGB in 1926 Alan Campbell and John McIlroy; 3. Employer militancy in the 1926 lock-out Quentin Outram, University of Leeds; Part 2: Regional Studies; 4. The dispute in south Wales Chris Williams, University of Glamorgan; 5. Developments in the Scottish coalfields Alan Campbell; 6. The case of Lancashire Steve Catterall, University of York; 7. Notes from the periphery: north Wales, Cumberland and Warwickshire Keith Gildart; Part 3: Themes; 8. Women in 1926; 9. Law and order in the miners' lock-out Steve Catterall; 10. The Communist Party and 1926 John McIlroy; 11. Alternative Outcomes: the Bishops' proposals reconsidered. David Howell, University of York
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