By William Kenefick
William Kenefick explores the impression of left-wing political radicalism, commercial unrest, and the Russian Revolution at the Scottish humans not just within the west of Scotland yet in Edinburgh and Leith, Dundee and Perth, Aberdeen, and the coalfields of Fife and the Lothians. He additionally considers the impression of business and political radicalism within the Scottish diaspora.
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Extra resources for Red Scotland? The Rise and Decline of the Scottish Radical Left, 1880s-1930s
A great many Scottish employers simply wanted no truck with organised trade unionism and this is evident in the actions of the port and shipping employers of Glasgow. The example of the carters, dockers and seamen from the late 1880s onward shows that effective trade union organisation among the unskilled in Scotland was not impossible, but the ferocity of the employers’ counterattack in the 1890s made life difficult. 62 But given the diverse ethnic origins of the Scottish working class, and the continual ebb and flow of emigration and immigration streams, the emergence of class politics in Scotland could hardly be expected to be a linear development.
31, no. 154 – citing the Annual Report of the Miners Federation of Great Britain for January 1914 – states that total membership of the Scottish Miners Federation was 82,000: Lanarkshire 40,000; Fife and Kinross 20,000; Ayrshire 12,500; and Mid and East Lothian 9,500. 19. Marwick, A Short History of Trade Unionism in Scotland. 20. Smyth, Labour in Glasgow 1896–1936: Socialism, Suffrage, Sectarianism, p. 125. 21. Lowe, Souvenirs of Scottish Labour, p. 168; The Scotsman, 6 April 1894; Smyth, Labour in Glasgow, pp.
27. Young, Rousing, p. 144. 28. Mavor, My Window on the Street of the World, vol. 1, pp. 174–5. 29. The Glasgow Herald, 21 February 1882. The reference to coercion was the liberal government’s response to rural violence associated with the Irish National Land League’s campaign and tenant evictions in Ireland and the powers given to the Royal Irish Police and British armed forces to enforce the law. The Land League was proclaimed a ‘treasonable body’ by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in October 1881.