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Social-Imperialism in Britain
The Lancashire Working Class and Two World Wars

In this important volume, Redfern rigorously examines the relationship between British labour and British capital during the two world wars of the twentieth century.

In Social-Imperialism in Britain Neil Redfern examines the relationship between British labour and British capital in the two world wars of the twentieth century. He argues that the Second World War, the so-called 'People's War,' was an imperialist war no less than the First. He further argues that in both wars labour and capital entered into a social-imperialist contract in which labour would be rewarded for its support for war with such social and political reforms as votes for women and a health service, culminating in the 'welfare state' constructed after the Second World War. Concentrating on Lancashire, he examines the complex interaction between military successes and reverses, elite war aims, labour unrest and popular demands for reform.