A City on the Edge
Diane Frost and Peter North
Diane Frost is Lecturer at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool.
Peter North is Reader in Alternative Economics at the University of Liverpool.
Acronyms and Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Liverpool from World City to Basket Case 2. Liverpool Responds to the Crisis 3. The Election of 1983 4. Budget Crisis 1984 5. Budget Crisis 1985 6. Community and Conflict 7. Controversies 8. The Legacy Bibliography Endnotes Index
An enjoyable and timely read; I read it twice in order to write this review, and the first time I found that I could not put it down. The work is also a good way into a subject that is well known, but perhaps not fully understood, by many.
Reviews in History
This is an important book not just because of its analysis of the politics of Liverpool but also because it asks questions about the nature of socialist politics . People and history may scorn the role of left wing activists in groups such as Militant but how is it that they spoke to the needs and hearts of working class people in the 1980s? Why is it the Labour Party commands so little respect from working class people? And at a time when the term working class gets thrown around in the media why is it they have so little involvement in left wing organisations?
Compiled from interviews with major and minor players, Militant Liverpool offers a punchy and at times gripping account of a city in revolt: the passion, the argument, the high hopes and the bitter disillusion. There's lots of talk now about Liverpool "getting its mojo back". Militant Liverpool makes the case that this process may have been going on for a long time and, for good and ill, Hatton and co were part of it.
Jamie Kenny The Big Issue in the North
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: April 30, 2013