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Jute No MoreTransforming Dundee$
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Jim Tomlinson and Christopher A. Whatley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860905

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860905.001.0001

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Labour Politics and the Dundee Working Class c.1895‒1936

Labour Politics and the Dundee Working Class c.1895‒1936

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(p.191) Chapter 8 Labour Politics and the Dundee Working Class c.1895‒1936
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Jute No More
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Kenneth Baxter

William Kenefick

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860905.003.0008

This chapter suggests that increasing concerns over poverty, housing, and worsening economic conditions combined with the aspirations and political demands of a Labour movement laid the solid foundations for Labour's further advance during the early twentieth century. In examining the activities of Dundee's early Labour radicals and socialists, it reveals how Labour's slow-but-steady progress from the late 1880s contributed to the important developments that were to take place in Dundee between 1905 and 1910; how the period of labour unrest from 1910 further advanced the Labour cause before 1914; and how with the ever present support of the Independent Labour Party (ILP) Dundee became a leading centre of the anti-war movement in Scotland during the Great War. The final section focuses on post-war developments within the Labour movement and the growing ‘Moderate’ anti-socialist alliance which politically polarised Dundee during the inter-war years.

Keywords:   Dundee, Scotland, Labour Party, Labour politics, political parties, Great War, Independent Labour Party, anti-war movement, anti-socialist, Labour movement

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