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A Short History of the Labour Party by Henry Pelling (auth.)

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F . P. see C . Tsuzuki, H . M . Hyndman and Br itish Socialism ( 196 1). 34 CHAPTER III H enderson's Party: War and Reconstruction ( 19 1 4- 2 2 ) ( I ) A L THO UGH th e Labour Pa rt y had by no means ignored questi on s of foreign policy befor e Jul y 1914, it wa s only with th e outbrea k of war th at they became of par amount importan ce. From th en onward s until 1918 a nd indeed in the early post- war yea rs, up to 1922, issues of wa r and diplom acy were dom in ant in th e party's counci ls.

Lyman, 'J a mes Ramsay MacDonald and the Leadership of the Labour Party, 1918-22', Journal of British Studies, ii (1962). M . A. Hamilton's Arthur Henderson (1938 ) is not without merit, but lacks documentation. It may be supplemented by M . 1. ), Beatr ice Webb 's Diaries, 1912-1924 (1952) - the most valuable section of the diaries for Labour Party history. V. L. , 1918-27', British Journal of Sociology, xi (1960) , 24- 43, is helpful on an allied subject. Catherine A. , 1963), studies the conversion of intellectuals to Socialism in this period and in the 1920'S.

P. leaders MacDonald and Snowden were defeated because of their anti-war record; and Arthur Henderson also lost his seat. P. Of the well-known leaders of the party, only Clynes survived; and when the parliamentary party met to choose its chairman, it re-elected the Scottish miner Willie Adamson, 'respectable but dull-witted' as Mrs. Webb described him.! who had acted as chairman just before the dissolution. It should be added that the Co-operative Union entered 46 Henderson's Party: War and Reconstruction (1914-:12) politics during the war, and sponsored several candidates, one of whom was elected.

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