Labour and the Caucus
Working-Class Radicalism and Organised Liberalism in England, 1868–1888
Dr James Owen is a Research Fellow on the History of Parliament, House of Commons, 1832–1945 project.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. The struggle for political representation: labour candidates and the Liberal party, 1868–1876 2. Activism, identity and networks: urban and rural working-class radicalism, 1868–1874 3. Labour’s response to the caucus: class, America and language, 1877–1885 4. Tensions and fault lines: the Lib-Lab MPs, the wider labour movement, and the role of Irish nationalism, 1885–1888 5. Rethinking the ‘revival of socialism’: socialists, Liberals and the caucus, 1881–1888 Epilogue Appendix I Appendix II Bibliography Index
The research is meticulous, delving into the intricate workings of organizations and personal connections among labor and Liberal leaders. Throughout the book, realities at the grass-roots prevail. Owen successfully captures the fluidity of popular politics and the assertiveness that often underscored labor's cooperation with the Liberal party.
James Epstein Victorian Studies, Vol. 58, No. 3
Year's Work in English Studies
[By consulting widely and deeply unpublished manuscripts] Owen gives properly wait to [engaging] analysis of the connections between the linguistic, and the political and cultural environments.
William C. Lubenow Journal of Liberal History
'...a splendid piece of meticulous historical scholarship casting new light on a pivotal and often neglected period of British political and working-class history.'
American Historical Review
This is a well researched and important study ... deserves to be widely read.
Chartist, No 268
Important and fresh, this book presents new material on the pre-history of the Labour party, bridging a gap between the years of the Reform League in the 1860s and the so-called revival of socialism in the 1880s.
Institute of Historical Research, London
Publication: February 17, 2014
Series: Studies in Labour History 3