The Labour Party's centenary is an appropriate moment to evaluate its performance across the twentieth century, and to reflect on why a party which has so many achievements to its credit nonetheless spent so much of the period in opposition. This is the only book that attempts such an assessment. Duncan Tanner, Pat Thane and Nick Tiratsoo have assembled a team of acknowledged experts who cover a wide range of key issues, from economic policy to gender. The editors also provide a lucid, accessible introduction. Labour's First Century covers the most important areas of party policy and practice, always placing these in a broader context. Taken together, these essays challenge those who minimise the party's contribution, whilst they also explain why mistakes and weaknesses have occurred. Everyone interested in British political history - whether supporters or opponents of the Labour Party - will need to read Labour's First Century.
'... this is an excellent book. The contributions are all sober and well focused, and considerable effort and thought have gone into them.' History 'The editors are ... to be congratulated, both for having assembled such a formidable team, and for harnessing its efforts to such considerable and consistent effect ... this collection makes an important contribution to the rewriting of Labour's history.' Labour History Review '... offers a valuable guide to current research.' Twentieth Century British History