Labour Ideals and Colonial Pioneers: Wedgwood, Morrison and Zionism

Kelemen, Paul
March 1996
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring96, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p30
Academic Journal
The article discusses the role of prominent Labour Party pro-Zionists, Josiah Wedgwood and Herbert Morrison, in the emergence of labor ideals in Palestine. They had a direct role in determining Labour Party policy on Palestine. They illuminate aspects of the party's ideological environment which made its leadership receptive to Zionist and especially Labour Zionist representations of the Palestine conflict. Labour Zionism consisted of a number of groups based mainly in Eastern Europe and Palestine each with its own interpretation of the relation between Jewish working-class politics and Zionism. Labour Party's ideology gave little prominence to the class struggle and was guided by the notion that the basis of socialism's appeal was not class or material interest, but the moral values that would bring about a society based on the productive community including entrepreneurs.


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