Labour in Crisis

Clement Attlee and the Labour Party in Opposition, 1931–40

  • John Swift

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John Swift
    Pages 1-16
  3. John Swift
    Pages 122-141
  4. John Swift
    Pages 142-158
  5. John Swift
    Pages 159-171
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 172-209

About this book


This is a study of the development of Clement Attlee and the Labour Party from the collapse of the second Labour Government in August 1931, to their entry into Churchill's coalition in May 1940. It is an examination of how Labour, from being driven from office as unfit to govern, recovered to be seen as essential to the effective prosecution of the war, and how Attlee emerged from relative obscurity to become a central figure in the War Cabinet.


Churchill foreign policy government Policy

Authors and affiliations

  • John Swift
    • 1
  1. 1.St Martin’s CollegeLancasterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-42078-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59980-2
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