Rise of the Labour Party 1880-1945
3rd edition

By Paul Adelman
July 1996
Pearson Education / Longman
ISBN: 0582292107
160 pages, Illustrated, 4 " x 8 "
$36.50 Paper original

This popular study covers two major topics: the formation of the Labour Party and its emergence as the main rival to the conservatives. This transformation of the British political scene has been accounted for in a variety of ways. Dr Adelman examines these explanations and concludes that while there is a consensus about the reasons for the creation of the Labour Party there is no agreement about why it rose to such prominence.


Part One : Origins
1. Socialism and Trade Unionism.
2. The Formation of the Labour Party.

Part Two: The Struggle For Power.
3. The Growth of the Labour Party.
4. Labour's Time of Trial.
5. Revival and Triumph.

Part Three: Assessment.

Part Four: Documents.

• Addresses major questions of historical debate - covering common exam topics.
• Up do date treatment with the latest historical interpretations explaining the success of the party.
• Expanded documents section with the documents closely linked to the main text.


'...remains one of the best works of synthesis of current historical interpretations on this subject'

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