TITLE

Still setting the pace? Labour history, industrial relations and the history of post-war trade unionism

AUTHOR(S)
McIlroy, John; Campbell, Alan
PUB. DATE
June 1999
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Summer99, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p179
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article argues that the trade-unionism of the immediate post-war years has been inadequately integrated into broader debates about that period. Reflection induced by recent experience of organising a conference on British Trade Unionism, 1945-79 and editing collections of the papers, affirms the relative paucity of research into the trade unionism of this period. This seems to be part of a more general waning of interest in trade unionism by labour historians and social scientists. It was not always so. In 1964, when Eric Hobsbawm published his celebrated collection, Labouring Men, five of the eighteen essays dealt substantially with trade unionism and all the chapters were alive to working-class organisation, and trade unionism. Recent publications by economic and social historians have also neglected the study of trade unionism. Symptomatic of this tendency is the recent collection of essays on Twentieth Century Britain: Economic, Social and Cultural Change, a volume sponsored by the Economic History Society, with clear ambitions to be seen as an authoritative text.
ACCESSION #
4055366

 

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