The British Labour Movement and European nationalism and socialism in the nineteenth century

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Spring 2020

In the context of the British labour movement’s current disassociation from European socialism and socialist organisations, this paper seeks to provide a chronological narrative of the comparatively strong relationship of British radicals and socialists to European republicans between 1789 and 1914. It therefore considers British Jacobinism, Chartism, the relationships with European exiles in Britain after the 1848 revolutions, the role of British trade unionists in the First International, and the relationship of the Independent Labour Party and the Social Democratic Federation to the Second International in the period before the First World War.

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