Description - Labour Party and British Society by David Rubinstein
The argument that is developed does not deny the importance of individuals in the party's growth, but rather emphasiSes that individuals -- leaders and players -- have had relatively little room for manoeuvre, particularly after 1918 when the party suddenly and unexpectedly became a major party of state. But within the framework of prevailing economic and social conditions in Britain, and the desire of the party to be returned to elected office, individuals have had an important impact on how the party perceived and projected itself: the significant roles these individuals played are examined against the background of social change in Britain, up to and including the next General Election, anticipated in 2005.
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Author Biography - David Rubinstein
David Rubinstein taught economic and social history at the University of Hull, and is now Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of History at the University of York. He has been a Visiting Professor of British Civilisation at the Universities of Tours, Angers, and the Littoral (Boulogne-sur-Mer). He has co-edited and contributed to Ideology and the Labour Movement (Croom Helm), and has written several books, including Before the Suffragettes: Women's Emancipation in the 1890s (Harvester).