The Spanish Civil War and the British Labour Movement

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 - History - 250 pages
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This book draws on a mass of documentary material to provide a major reinterpretation of British labour's response to the Spanish Civil War. It challenges the view that the labour leadership ' betrayed' the Spanish Republic, and that this polarised the movement along `left' versus 'right' lines. Instead, it argues that the overriding concern of the major leaders was to defend labour's institutional interests against the political destabilisation caused by the conflict, rather than to defend Spanish democracy. Although the main advocates of this position were trade union leaders associated with the labour right such as Walter Citrine and Ernest Bevin, the book argues that their dominance reflected the centrality of the trade unions to labour movement decision-making rather than the abuse of union power to achieve political goals.
  

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Contents

July28 October 1936
37
October 1936October 1937
73
October 1937April 1939
107
The Spanish
137
Catholic workers and the Spanish Civil War
167
Rankandfile initiatives
196
Aftermath and conclusion
221
index
241
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