Learning Curve, The Great War
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Useful notes: Source1
Resolutions of Labour Party branches concerning the war, August-September 1914
(Catalogue ref: PRO 30/69/1234)
  • These sources are resolutions from meetings held by Labour Party members in August and September 1914.
  • In the years before the war, industrial relations in Britain were very poor. There were many strikes and they were often violent. When war broke out in 1914, some trade unions and Labour Party supporters accused employers of encouraging war so that they could get rich on contracts for making weapons etc.
  • At the start of the war, many Labour MPs spoke out against the war. One of the best known was James Ramsay MacDonald. Another was Keir Hardie. Both criticised the policy of secret alliances and secret talks between the powers.
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