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Transnational Radicalism and the Connected Lives of Tom Mann and Robert Samuel Ross$
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Neville Kirk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940094

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940094.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Transnational Radicalism and the Connected Lives of Tom Mann and Robert Samuel Ross
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Neville Kirk

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940094.003.0104

To what extent did Mann’s and Ross’s notions of working-class and labour-movement unity, socialist solidarity and internationalism include women and people of colour, or, to adopt the terminology of their times, ‘coloureds’? Did their attitudes and practices towards gender and race amount to what many recent historians have seen as the dominant patriarchal and white-racist attitudes of labour movements throughout the British, Anglophone and even global worlds of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? What were the overlaps between gender and race? How did Mann’s and Ross’s commitments to unity and solidarity fare during the period of World War I and the post-war years? This was a highly turbulent and volatile period when their opposition to the war in particular and militarism in general, combined with their warm welcome for the Bolshevik Revolution and post-war labour’s sharp move to the left, were severely tested by the dominant pro-war and anti-German sentiments of the labour movement and working-class people in Britain and Australasia, and by the increasing importance of the conservative ‘politics of loyalism’. What were the differences, as well as the commonalities and similarities, of their attitudes and actions and how do we explain them? Finally, what light do their experiences shed on more general labour and other positions towards gender, race, class, war, nation, empire, revolution and reaction? These are the key questions to be addressed in Part III. ...

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