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For Class and Country: The Patriotic Left and the First World War

David Swift


The First World War has often suffered from comparison to the Second, in terms of both public interest and the significance ascribed to it by scholars in the shaping of modern Britain. This is especially so for the relationship between the Left and these two wars. For the Left, the Second World War can be seen as a time of triumph: a united stand against fascism followed by a landslide election win and a radical, reforming Labour government. The First World War is more complex. Given the gratuitous cost in lives, the failure of a ‘fit country for heroes to live in’ to materialise, the deep rec ... More

Keywords: Labour, Patriotism, First world war, Leftwing patriotism, Left, Trade unions, Labour party, Socialism, Patriotic socialism, World war one

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940025
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940025.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Swift, author
Queen Mary, University of London