Author: Partha Sarathi Gupta
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0761996591
This book examines the attitudes and politics of the British Labour movement towards the British Empire and the Commonwealth in the twentieth century. It deals with the decision-making and policy-framing institutions of the Labour movement, such as the Labour Party, the Trades Union Congress and their affiliated organisations. As such, it is a history of the colonial policy of the British Labour movement and not merely of Labour governments.
It is redeeming to cast a refreshing glance at the colonial policies and approaches of the British Labour movement, Gupta has penned a weighty, factual and compulsive read.
This book is marked by a vast and baffling erudition. The research here is detailed and exhaustive as it should be from a man who was particular about facts and had a cavernous memory…. Much of Gupta's analysis and conclusions have been borne out by subsequent research. This is the real success of the book and the research it embodies. This is also a tribute to the enduring qualities of fact-based history writing as compared to the more fashionable practitioners of this or that turn.
Partha Sarathi Gupta…is the first to make a full analysis of Labour attitudes towards the empire from the outbreak of the First World War until its virtual dissolution fifty years later.
-A J P Taylor
Foreword by CHRISTOPHER BAYLY
Preface to the Second Edition MADHAVAN K PALAT
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
Reaction to the War and the Peace, 1914-22
Imperial Economic Relations, 1922-29
Imperial Political Issues, 1922-29
The Second Labour Government: Imperial Economic Relations, 1929-31
The Second Labour Government: Imperial Political Issues, 1929-31
The Second Labour Government: The Indian Crisis, 1929-31
>From a Radical Opposition to Coalition, 1931-45
Labour in Power, 1945-51/ Colonial Reforms: Blueprints and Realities, 1945-51
Labour between Commonwealth and Europe, 1951-64