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The Great Labour Unrest: Rank-and-file movements and political change in the Durham coalfield

Lewis H. Mates


This book analyses the ideological battle for control of the prestigious, influential and important––regionally and nationally–Durham Miners’ Association in the fascinating "Great Labour Unrest" period before the outbreak of the Great War. In assessing the complex relations between structure and agency it recognises that the socialists of the ILP before 1910 made some progress in a particularly hostile environment, thanks to the dominance of liberal paternalism and Methodism. But the miners’ eight hour day, a socialist demand brought into effect by the Liberal government, caused tremendous str ... More

Keywords: syndicalism, socialism, Liberalism, Agency, Structure, Durham Miner’s Association, Independent Labour Party, minimum wage, rank-and-file movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090684
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lewis H. Mates, author
Durham University