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After RuskinThe Social and Political Legacies of a Victorian Prophet, 1870–1920$
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Stuart Eagles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602414

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602414.001.0001

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‘Taken prisoner by his mortal enemies’?: 1 Ruskin, Working-Class Consciousness, and Organized Labour

‘Taken prisoner by his mortal enemies’?: 1 Ruskin, Working-Class Consciousness, and Organized Labour

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(p.199) 5 ‘Taken prisoner by his mortal enemies’?:1 Ruskin, Working-Class Consciousness, and Organized Labour
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After Ruskin
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Stuart Eagles

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602414.003.0006

Many of the pioneers of the emerging Labour movement cited the crucial role of Ruskin's writings in the development of their own political and class consciousness. Recognising in Ruskin's descriptions of the ugly industrial landscape the reflection of their own lives, many were inspired into political action by reading him. On a local and national level, particularly among the ethical socialists of the Independent Labour Party, Ruskin served as a uniting influence who provided his politically active working-class disciples with a new language and grammar with which to articulate the emerging politics of the period.

Keywords:   Ruskin, Independent Labour Party, working-class politics, class consciousness, municipal, Government, Parliament, Fabian, ethical socialism

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