Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Wales since 1939$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Martin Johnes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086663

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086663.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use (for details see http://www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 July 2018

‘Black Times.’ The Passing of Labour, 1966–85

‘Black Times.’ The Passing of Labour, 1966–85

Chapter:
(p.245) 9 ‘Black Times.’ The Passing of Labour, 1966–85
Source:
Wales since 1939
Author(s):

Martin Johnes

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086663.003.0010

Chapter nine looks at the fall of Labour's Wales from the late 1960s to the miners’ strike of 1984. Traditional heavy industry collapsed in this period and the manufacturing sector, which had begun to replace it, also moved into severe recession. This had cataclysmic significances for both the working class and the Labour Party. Financial insecurities created first a culture of strikes and then political alienation and indifference. Yet parts of the working class were also drifting to the right, disillusioned with class politics and tempted by the material promises of Thatcher's Britain. This chapter also highlights that, whilst the 1984 miners’ defeat was a watershed in Welsh history, it was not necessarily as significant as many have stated because the decline in the coal industries had begun as far back as the 1950s with many having already found new jobs in manufacturing by then.

Keywords:   Labour, Coal, Miners’ strike, Thatcher, Economy, Industry decline

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.