The Politics of Identity and Civil Society in Britain and Germany Miners in the Ruhr and South Wales 1890-1926

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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This study compares the making and remaking of the political identities of the miners' movements in Britain and Germany. Examining this intersection through discourse analysis and the concept of the "lifeworld," this book brings together the miners' social world and the realm of organized politics to advance historical understanding of two of the most powerful European labor movements. Taking the south Wales and Ruhr coalfields as case studies, it focuses on the public discourse of the trade unions and political parties as disseminated in local newspapers, trade union publications, pamphlets, and election leaflets. It reveals how the miners' movements utilized ideas such as class, religion, the "people" or "Volk", socialization, and nationalization to construct organizational identities during the turbulent period between 1890 and 1926.

Author Biography

Leighton James is Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of York

Table of Contents

Series editors' forewordp. vi
List of tablesp. vii
List of abbreviationsp. viii
Map of the Ruhr industrial districtp. xi
Map of the south Wales coalfieldp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The growth of the coal industries, 1850-1914p. 17
Trade union discourses, 1890-1914p. 49
Political languages, 1890-1914p. 81
The Great War and the post-war years, 1914-1926p. 112
Miners' trade unionism and political identities, 1918-1926p. 142
Conclusionp. 181
Bibliographyp. 190
Indexp. 213
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