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Labour and the Left in the 1980s

Jonathan Davis and Rohan McWilliam


The Introduction establishes the themes of the volume but also makes an argument about how the history of Labour and the left in the 1980s might develop. It surveys the challenges for the left in the age of Thatcherism, interpreting them from the perspective of long term trends in the history of Labour and class politics in the twentieth century but also within the global context. The Introduction makes the case that the left was not an irrelevant force and that it played a major role in constructing the political and social arguments of our time.

Keywords: Labour Party, the international left, socialism, social movements, political culture, identity politics, print culture, Michael Foot, Neil Kinnock

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526106438
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526106438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Davis, editor
Anglia Ruskin University

Rohan McWilliam, editor
Anglia Ruskin University