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A Lark for the Sake of Their Country: The 1926 General Strike Volunteers in Folklore and Memory

Rachelle Saltzman


A lark for the sake of their country tells the tale of the upper and middle-class ‘volunteers’ in Great Britain's 1926 General Strike. With behaviour derived from their play traditions – the larks, rags, fancy dress parties, and treasure hunts that prevailed at universities and country houses – the volunteers transformed a potential workers’ revolution into a festive public performance of Englishness. This book recreates the cultural context for the volunteers’ actions to explore how volunteers, strikers, and the Government used the strike to define national identity; it also considers how sch ... More

Keywords: General Strike, Social history, Collective memory, National identity, Folklore, Class, Volunteers, Oral history, Performance, Ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079771
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachelle Saltzman, author