The Winter of Discontent
Myth, Memory, and History
Tara Martin López and foreword by Sheila Rowbotham
Sheila Rowbotham is Professor of History at the University of Manchester.
Tara Martin López is Professor of Sociology at Peninsula College.
Dedication Acknowledgements Foreword by Sheila Rowbotham Introduction 1. The Ghosts of the Past: Myth and the Winter of Discontent 2. Winter of Discontent:Causes and Context 3. The Floodgates Open: The Strike at Ford 4. ‘The Second Stalingrad:’ The Road Haulage Strikes 5. ‘Freezers of Corpses and Sea Burials:’ The Liverpool Gravediggers’ Strike 6. Unseemly Behaviour: Women and Local Authority Strikes 7. ‘Celia’s Gate’ and Strikes in the National Health Service 8. Crosscurrents of Memory: Myth, Memory, and Counter-Memory 9. Conclusion Bibliography Index
Robert Saunders Twentieth Century British History
Lopez’s study focuses – as the title suggests – on the creation of the myths that surrounded the Winter of Discontent, and their subsequent repackaging and reiteration in the 1980s and beyond. Utilising a number of previously unseen sources, especially some stimulating and thought-provoking interviews with a number of those who participated on various sides of the 1978/9 industrial disputes, the study provides an important addition to the ever-growing historiography of late-twentieth-century British political history.
Andrew Edwards Labour History Review
An important book of considerable scholarship and historical technique, offering valuable alternative perspectives and significant insights into the industrial unrest of the British ‘winter of discontent’.
University of Huddersfield
The most comprehensive, balanced and persuasive analysis of the Winter of Discontent so far available.
King's College London
Publication: July 24, 2014
Series: Studies in Labour History 4