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    The people's party: the history of the Labour Party

    Wright, Tony and Carter, M. (1997) The people's party: the history of the Labour Party. London, UK: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 9780500017685.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: In the introduction to this history of Labour, Tony Blair reminds us that it is a young party, only as old as the 20th century, and, unlike other political parties, Labour "was born as a people's party", growing out of "the world of friendly societies, chapels, trade unions, co-operative societies, clubs and causes." The ideals and the problems springing from these roots are traced through the years in this work, as the tensions between the traditionalists and the modernizers, the intellectuals and the men of action, are put into the context of a society undergoing profound and accelerating change. Some of these changes were brought about by Labour's own successes, particularly in the heady few years mid-century when the Attlee administration set up welfare services from "the cradle to the grave", its crowning achievement the National Health Service. This is a book full of rewarding insights into the history of our own century, and should be useful background reading for understanding New Labour in the 1990s.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 17:23
    Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 17:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20537

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