Social-Imperialism in Britain

Social-Imperialism in Britain The Lancashire Working Class and Two World Wars - Historical Materialism

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Synopsis

In Social-Imperialism in Britain Neil Redfern examines the relationship between British labour and British capital in the two world wars of the twentieth century. He argues that the Second World War, the so-called 'People's War,' was an imperialist war no less than the First. He further argues that in both wars labour and capital entered into a social-imperialist contract in which labour would be rewarded for its support for war with such social and political reforms as votes for women and a health service, culminating in the 'welfare state' constructed after the Second World War. Concentrating on Lancashire, he examines the complex interaction between military successes and reverses, elite war aims, labour unrest and popular demands for reform.

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ISBN: 9781642590494
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
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Language: English
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 472g
Height: 229mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 15mm