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Labour Revolt in Britain 1910-14, with Ralph Darlington

Labour Revolt in Britain 1910-14, with Ralph Darlington
Thursday, 19th October, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
*Five Leaves Bookshop
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH
Bookings closed

A joint event with Notts and Derbyshire Labour History Group

The Labour Revolt that swept Britain in the early 20th century was one of the most sustained, dramatic and violent explosions of industrial militancy and social conflict the country has ever experienced.

It involved large-scale strikes by miners, seamen, dockers, railway workers and many others, and was dominated by unskilled and semi-skilled workers, many acting independently of trade-union officials. Amidst this powerful grassroots energy, the country saw widespread solidarity action, phenomenal union membership growth, breakthroughs in both industrial unionism and women’s union organisation, and a dramatic increase in the collective power of the working-class movement. It heralded political radicalisation that celebrated direct action and challenged head-on the Liberal government and police and military, as well as parliamentary reformism of the Labour Party.

Exploring the role of the radical left and the relationship between industrial struggles and political organisation,  Ralph Darlington provides a portrayal of the context, causes, actors, dynamics and contemporary significance of the Labour Revolt.

Ralph Darlington is Emeritus Professor of Employment Relations at Salford University. His books incude Glorious Summer: Class Struggle in Britain 1972 and Radical Unionism: The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary Syndicalism.

Refreshments included. The book will be available at a discounted price on the night


Bookings are closed for this event.