The First Labour Government, 1924

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mutually contradictory views could exist side by side within the movement, without causing the slightest comment or feeling of inconsistency, suggests that the propagandist stage had not yet been passed. Neither Snowden's theoretical generalizations nor MacDonald's idyllic atavism were likely to be of much help in tackling the problems which both men were to face as a result of the strange workings of the British electoral system in December 1923.NOTES
1. Labour Party Constitution (1918), Art. III(d). The constitutions of 1914 and 1918 are reproduced in G. D. H. Cole, A History of the Labour Party from 1914 ( London, 1948), pp. 71-81.
2. See A. L. Bowley, Some Economic Consequences of the Great War ( London, 1930), Ch. VI.
3. See, e.g., J. H. Thomas, When Labour Rules ( London, 1920),passim.
4. A Policy for the Labour Party ( London, 1920), p. 53. See also Sidney and Beatrice Webb, The Decay of Capitalist Civilisation ( London, 1923), pp. 176-7.
5. Clement R. Attlee, The Labour Party in Perspective -- And Twelve Tears Later ( London, 1949), p. 46.
6. Derived from Cole, History of the Labour Party, p. 128.
7. Contemporary Personalities ( London, 1924), p. 233.
8. See Mary Agnes Hamilton, Arthur Henderson, A Biography ( London, 1938), and, esp. for his later career, Henry R. Winkler, "Arthur Henderson", in The Diplomats, 1919-39, ed. Gordon Craig and Felix Gilbert ( Princeton, 1953).
9. There is no adequate Life. His autobiography, My Story ( London, 1937), is inaccurate and superficial, though unintentionally revealing. See references to Thomas in other works, such as Snowdon's Autobiography, Beatrice Webb's Diaries.
10. Again, his Memoirs, 2 vols. ( London, 1937) are of rather slight value. For the 1922 episode see esp. R. T. McKenzie, British Political Parties ( London, 1955), pp. 347-52, and Emanuel Shinwell , Conflict Without Malice ( London, 1955), pp. 83-84.
11. W. P. Maddox, Foreign Relations in British Labour Politics ( Cambridge, Mass., 1934), pp. 118, 202-4.
12. The best study, Lord Elton's Life ( London, 1939), ends with 1919. See also H. Hessell Tiltman, Ramsay MacDonald: Labor's Man of Destiny ( New York, 1929); M. A. Hamilton, J. Ramsay MacDonald ( London, 1929); Jacques Bardoux, J. Ramsay MacDonald ( Paris, 1924); and L. MacNeill Weir's polemical Tragedy of Ramsay MacDonald ( London, 1938). Among the more acute of

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • I - The Labour Party, 1918-1923 1
  • Notes 16
  • II - The Election of 1923: the Conservatives 18
  • Notes 39
  • III - The Election of 1923: the Liberals Lloyd George and the Dragon 42
  • Notes 52
  • IV - The Election of 1923; Labour The Politics of Glorious Aspirations 53
  • Notes 67
  • V - Results of the Election of 1923 A House Divided 69
  • Notes 80
  • VI - The Path to Office 81
  • Notes 94
  • VII - Cabinet Making 96
  • Notes 107
  • VIII - Housing 110
  • Notes 129
  • IX - Unemployment The Intractable Million 131
  • Notes 154
  • X - The European Problem Year of Opportunity 157
  • Notes 181
  • XI - Russia Path of Most Resistance 184
  • Notes 207
  • XII - Labourites, Socialists and Reformers 210
  • Notes 227
  • XIII - Problems of Minority Government 230
  • Notes 245
  • XIV - The Election of 1924 Red Letter Day 248
  • Notes 262
  • XV - The Election of 1924 Dimensions of Defeat 264
  • Notes 271
  • XVI - Aftermath 272
  • Notes 281
  • Appendix A: the First Labour Ministry - (january 22 to November 4, 1924) 284
  • Appendix B: the Unsolved Mystery of The Zinoviev Letter 286
  • Notes 289
  • Bibliographical Note 290
  • Index 295
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