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For Class and CountryThe Patriotic Left and the First World War$
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David Swift

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940025

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940025.001.0001

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‘The greatest democratic force British politics have known’ – Labour Cohesion and the War

‘The greatest democratic force British politics have known’ – Labour Cohesion and the War

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(p.171) 6 ‘The greatest democratic force British politics have known’ – Labour Cohesion and the War
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For Class and Country
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David Swift

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940025.003.0006

This final chapter is concerned with the continued cohesion of the labour movement during and after the war. It takes a broad view of all of the various organisations which could be said to compose the British Left at the time of the war: the Labour party itself; the roughly one thousand trade unions in different groups and associations; various women’s groups which, while not necessarily sympathetic with all of Labour’s policies, sometimes co-operated on franchise reform; the three-million strong Co-operative movement, consisting of the Co-operative Wholesale Society and the Co-operative Union; and the socialist societies such as the British Socialist party, the Fabian Society and the Independent Labour party. Finally, the war created a great impetus for an ultra-patriotic secession from the labour movement, or even of a nationalistic coup within labour; the failure of this movement is analysed within this chapter.

Keywords:   Leftwing unity, Labour cohesion, The Cooperative, Trade Unions, Fascism

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