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Popular Politics and Political Culture

Urban Scotland, 1918-1939

Malcolm R. Petrie

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A fresh perspective on the history of the radical left in inter-war Scotland

This book presents a distinctive reading of inter-war Scottish politics, reinterpreting the consequences of the expanded electorate after 1918 by focusing on changing perceptions of the radical political culture of urban Scotland. It re-evaluates the factors behind the decline of the Scottish radical left in the inter-war years, demonstrating the role of changing conceptions of political representation, and explores the extent to which national party loyalties replaced local class identities. Drawing upon a range of untapped sources including local newspapers, cartoons, and contemporary accounts of demonstrations, the book illuminates the political perspectives of ordinary Scots in an age of mass democracy.

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List of Illustrations
Introduction - Class, Radicalism and Democracy, 1918-1939

Part I - Identities of Class
Chapter One - Nation, Locality and Radical Identity
Chapter Two - Radicalism and Respectability in working-class Political Culture

Part II - Locations of Radicalism
Chapter Three - Public Politics and Demonstrations of the Unemployed
Chapter Four - May Day, Armistice Day and the Politics of Public Space
Chapter Five - Popular Politics and Electioneering between the Wars

Conclusion - Popular Politics, Radicalism and inter-war Democracy

About the Author

Malcolm Petrie is a Lecturer in late modern Scottish history at the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on the political history of Scotland in the twentieth century, and especially on the relationship between politicians, their parties and the public following the arrival of mass democracy. His research has appeared in the Historical Journal, Contemporary British History and the Labour History Review.

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