Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain

Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century

  • Peter Ackers
  • Alastair J. Reid

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Other Forms of Association

  3. Other Leaders

  4. Other Intellectuals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. David Goodway
      Pages 245-270
    3. Stephen Meredith
      Pages 271-302
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 337-354

About this book


This book poses a major revisionist challenge to 20th century British labour history, aiming to look beyond the Marxist and Fabian exclusion of working class experience, notably religion and self-help, in order to exaggerate ‘labour movement’ class cohesion. Instead of a ‘forward march’ to secular state-socialism, the research presented here is devoted to a rich diversity of social movements and ideas. In this collection of essays, the editors establish the liberal-pluralist tradition, with the following chapters covering three distinct sections. Part One, ‘Other Forms of Association’ covers subjects such as trade unions, the Co-operative Party, women’s community activism and Protestant Nonconformity. Part Two, ‘Other Leaders’, covers employer Edward Cadbury; Trades Union Congress leader Walter Citrine; and the electricians’ leader, Frank Chapple. Part Three, ‘Other Intellectuals’, considers G.D.H. Cole, Michael Young and left libertarianism by Stuart White. Readers interested in the British Labour movement will find this an invaluable resource.


social history labor labour history labour movement working classes trade unions social democracy conservatism cold war quaker anarchist libertarian

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Ackers
    • 1
  • Alastair J. Reid
    • 2
  1. 1.Law De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Girton CollegeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-34161-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-34162-0
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