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Labour and the Left in the 1930s Ben Pimlott

Labour and the Left in the 1930s

Ben Pimlott

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ISBN : 9780049410169
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262 pages
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The 1930s was the decade of the Jarrow March and the International Brigade - the Red Decade of literary imagination. Yet there has seldom been a time when the influence of the British Left has been at a lower ebb. Why was this? In this book BenMoreThe 1930s was the decade of the Jarrow March and the International Brigade - the Red Decade of literary imagination. Yet there has seldom been a time when the influence of the British Left has been at a lower ebb. Why was this? In this book Ben Pimlott suggests answers, and challenges established myths about left-wing politics during a crucial period. Pimlotts study is concerned with the relationship between ideas and political action. The author is interested in the distinction which can be drawn between expressive and instrumental approaches to political behaviour, and a central theme is that the expressive politics of some sections of the Left had an ironic effect of hindering the achievement of widely shared goals.