publication . Article . 2018

‘The pioneers of the great army of democrats’: the mythology and popular history of the British Labour party, 1890–1931

Taylor, Antony;
Open Access English
  • Published: 22 Oct 2018
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
Recent studies have highlighted the importance of memory, the past and a popular interpretation of history to the identity of political parties. This article takes the Labour party as an example of this tradition and analyses the ways in which its leaders, adherents and rank and file members mythologised the story of its traditions and forebears at the time of its foundation and subsequently. By analysing the periods of history, the individuals and the movements selected for this process, this article seeks to locate the popular history of the party in the currents of the radical and reform past that comprised the broader British radical tradition from the mid-n...
free text keywords: Cultural Studies, Sociology and Political Science, History, Appropriation, Media studies, Mythology, Politics, Amateur, Law, Popular history
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