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Unemployment and the state in BritainThe means test and protest in 1930s south Wales and north-east England$
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Stephanie Ward

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086809

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086809.001.0001

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Unemployment and the state in Britain

Stephanie Ward

Manchester University Press

This chapter serves as an historiographical introduction to the major themes of the book. It provides a critique of the historiography of the interwar depression and examines the evolution of studies of unemployed protest movements. The case for the value of regional comparative histories as a way of exploring the history of the depression is made. The regions of south Wales and the north-east of England are introduced. One of the purposes of the book is to compare the protests of the unemployed. To this end, the nature of industrialisation, work practices, trade unionism, political culture and gender relations within south Wales and the north-east are compared. The major themes of the work and the importance of examining the means test are outlined.

Keywords:   Interwar, Depression, Comparative history, South Wales, North-East of England, Protest, Means test, Unemployed

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