Social, political and economic problems

The 1920s & 30s


In this podcast Professor Keith Laybourn of the University of Huddersfield examines the key social, political and economic problems of the 1920s and 30s.

1. Unemployment, new industries, expansion of the South East, the suffering of the Celtic fringe and a declining population.
2. A period of transition: the rise of the car and its impact.
3. The General Strike of 1926: The emergence of major industrial disputes.
4. The Spanish Civil War: The Threat of Fascism & France surrounded.
5. The decline of Liberalism and the emergence of the Labour Party.
6. The emergence of new political groups: Oswald Moseley and British Fascism.
7. Conclusion.

Suggested Reading:

D. H. Aldcroft, The Inter-War  Years  1919-39  (1970).

S. Constantine, Unemployment in Britain between the Wars  (1980) C. Chinn,They Worked All Their Lives: Women of the Urban Poor in England 1880-1939  (1988) Keith Laybourn, Britain on the Breadline (1990, 1998).

John Stevenson, British Society 1914-1945  (1984) J. Stevenson, Social Conditions in Britain between the wars (1977) Keith Laybourn, The General Strike, 1926  (1993).

M.Morris, The General Strike (1976, 1980) P. Renshaw, The General Strike  (1975).

G. A. Phillips, The General Strike: The Politics of Industrial Conflict (1976).

Keith Laybourn, A History of British Trade Unionism  (1992) Keith Laybourn, A History of British Trade Unionism: A Reader in History (1990) D.Marquand,Ramsay MacDonald  (1977) J. Barnes,Stanley Baldwin (1969)

R. Skidelsky,Oswald Mosley (1 R. Thurlow,  Fascism in Britain: a history 1918-85 (1987).

K. Lunn and R.Thurlow,(eds.), British Fascism (1979).

L.MacNeill Weir. The Tragedy of Ramsay  MacDonald  (1938).

D. Marquand, Ramsay  MacDonald (1977).

Tom Buchanan,The Spanish Civil War  and the British Labour Movement. (1991).

M. Bentley, The Liberal Mind 1914-1929 (1977).

T. Wilson, The Downfall of the Liberal Party  (1966).

C. Chinn, They Worked All Their Lives: Women  of the Urban Poor in England 1880-1939  (1988).


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