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1974. Whose Crisis? Labour on the eve of Thatcherism

King's Building, Strand Campus, London


Speaker: Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, UCL

The seventies still figure in the popular historical imagination mainly as a period of crisis and decline. The Labour governments of 1974-9 were bookended by a national miners’ strike and the Winter of Discontent; meanwhile, new social movements organised around ‘post-materialist’ values were starting to challenge ‘old’ Labour approaches to left politics. Were the governments of Wilson and Callaghan merely fighting fires, or was there a distinctive and plausible Labour agenda in these years?

This event series is hosted by the History Department in collaboration with King’s Contemporary British History.

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