The Industrial Meaning of “Gradualism”: The Labour Party and Industry, 1918–1931

  title={The Industrial Meaning of “Gradualism”: The Labour Party and Industry, 1918–1931},
  author={Andrew Thorpe},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  pages={84 - 113}
  • A. Thorpe
  • Published 1 January 1996
  • History, Economics, Political Science
  • Journal of British Studies
In the period from 1918 until 1931, the British Labour party adhered to the precepts of “gradualism”: incrementally and by degrees, the party would gain support and pass legislation in an inexorable progress toward the socialist millennium. For a while, it seemed that this strategy would carry all before it. Emerging from the First World War with a “socialist” commitment, it became the largest opposition party at the 1918 general election. In 1922 it became the clear opposition to the… 

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