An excellent resource for teaching and learning, this book explores
the rise and decline of left radicalism in Scotland c.1872 to 1932.
A journey through these turbulent times observes the response of
Scottish artisans to legal restrictions on trade-union activities
in the 1870s, trade union formation among the unskilled from the
late 1880s, and the origins and impact of the Scottish socialist
movement.The Labour movement in Scotland was to face many new
challenges by the twentieth century. During the era of 'Red
Scotland', 1910 to 1922, we see Scottish workers fully engaged in
the labour and social unrest in the years before the Great War;
monitor the incubation of workers' grievances during the war; see
the growth of the anti-war movement and the influence of
revolutionary politics from 1918; and witness Scottish Labour on
the threshold of an extraordinary political breakthrough by 1922.
The 1920s saw the rapid rise of Labour, but growing unemployment
and a massive emigration of Scottish workers helped to fragment the
left and set in motion the decline of left radicalism in Scotland.
This book represents a major and up to date survey of the most
dramatic years in the history of Scottish Labour.
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