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The Tide of Democracy: Shipyard Workers and Social Relations in Britain, 1870-1950

Alastair J. Reid


This study examines British shipbuilding and industrial relations from 1870 to 1950, addressing economic, social, and political history to provide a holistic approach to industry, trade unionism, and the early history of the Labour Party. Examining the impact of new machinery, of independent rank-and-file movements and of craft and trade unions, it provides an account of industrial action in shipyards in the period and their effect on the birth and development of the Labour Party.

Keywords: British shipbuilding, industrial relations, trade unionism, Labour Party, new machinery, rank and file, industrial action, shipyards, social history, political history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719081033
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719081033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair J. Reid, author