Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780745337470 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337487 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

A Party with Socialists in It

A History of the Labour Left

Simon Hannah

A Party with Socialists in It

Simon Hannah

Distributed for Pluto Press

Foreword by John McDonnell
272 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780745337470 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745337487 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
For more than a hundred years, the British Labour Party has been the home of working-class organization and struggle. But has it ever truly been on the side of workers? Where do its interests really lie, and can it be relied on to provide a check on right-wing forces?
            A Party with Socialists in It addresses those questions and more, telling the story of the Labour Party from its origins to today, showing how at every turn it has struggled with the tension between the rights and demands of workers and a more centrist position. As Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership attempts to revitalize the party after the initial success of the Blair years turned into disappointment and disenchantment, this clear-eyed history could not be more timely.
 
Contents
Series Preface
Foreword by John McDonnell
Introduction
 
1. Divided Beginnings
2. Second Time as Disaster
3. The Age of Consent
4. The Civil War
5. ‘Though Cowards Flinch…’
6. The Broad Church Collapses
7. The Single Idea
8 The Corbyn Supremacy
Conclusion
 
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Guardian
“Unsparing rather than triumphalist or romantic. . . . This book astutely appraises British politics’ most frustrating but important dissident tradition.” 
Liz Davies, Labour Party Activist
“Traces the various disputes between the right and left of the Labour Party since its foundation up until the Party's 2017 general election campaign under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. It's striking how both the neoliberal authoritarian tendency of Blair and the desire for a transformative agenda represented by Corbyn are quite different from previous right-left divisions. This informative and thought-provoking historical account allows us to assess the Party's history, whilst acknowledging that the progressive movement inspired by Corbyn's leadership is something new and exciting.”
 
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