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Labour's WarThe Labour Party and the Second World War$
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Stephen Brooke

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202851.001.0001

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Labour's War

Stephen Brooke

Oxford University Press

This book offers a look into the history of the Labour Party during the Second World War. It provides a fresh look at the prevailing politics during the war years. In the book, the implications posed by the war on the ideology and politics of the party are examined by looking at the government and administration of Labour leaders such as Clement Attlee and Hugh Dalton, and at the tensions and factions that existed within the party. The book also probes the wartime consensus between the Labour Party and the Conservative Party wherein both struggled to form a united stand on reconstruction policy amidst existing political differences, partisan concerns, and policy priorities. In addition, it evaluates the implications brought about by the war on the development of the socialist policy of the Labour Party, including the significant changes brought about by the 1945 election to the history of British politics and social policies.

Keywords:   Labour Party, Second World War, politics, wartime consensus, social policies, socialist policy, reconstruction policy

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