Labour and the First World War conference

Published: 4 May 2015 at 11:14

Labour and the First World War conference

Held on 3 May 2014, this well-attended one-day conference showcased new research on the Labour Party and wider labour movement during the First World War.

The conference saw contributions from political, social, gender, economic and intellectual historians, and allowed for a wide ranging debate regarding 1914-18.

The intention is to publish this conference in book form and publishers are welcome to contact Dr Richard Carr to discuss further.

Included in proceedings were high political discussions on Labour's reactions to the start of war in 1914, the Labour Party's views of the Russian Revolution, and the party's war aims.

At the same time, individual snapshots of trade union activity in towns and cities across the UK including Bristol, Lancashire, Northampton and London provided a rich seam of new findings that illustrated the multi-faceted tapestry of wartime Britain.

Discussions of women's experience of the conflict - viewed through the workplace, trade union activity, and public memory - also helped illuminate an important aspect of the conflict.

You can read the full timetable of this superb event, and prospective publishers are very much invited to contact the LHRU to explore any future publication avenues.