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The Limits and Potential of Syndicalist Influence in the Durham Coalfield before the Great War

Mates, Lewis (2013) 'The Limits and Potential of Syndicalist Influence in the Durham Coalfield before the Great War.', Labor History, 54 (1). pp. 42-63.


For the first two decades of the twentieth century, syndicalism (revolutionary trade unionism) was the most vigorous of the left's challenges to the capitalist order in many parts of the world. In Britain, syndicalism was reckoned to have had most impact in the South Wales coalfield but there have been no detailed studies of its influence in other British coalfields. This article explores the various ways in which syndicalism's influence can be gauged in the Durham coalfield, comparing it with the South Wales experience. While the two coalfields had a good deal in common, a number of considerations, most importantly relating to the agency of syndicalists on the one hand and Independent Labour Party (ILP) activists on the other, militated against syndicalism's relative influence in Durham.

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Date deposited:10 September 2021
Date of first online publication:08 February 2013
Date first made open access:10 September 2021

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