Militant Minority

Militant Minority

British Columbia Workers and the Rise of A New Left, 1948-1972

Book - 2011
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Univ of Toronto Pr

Grounded in archival research and oral history, Militant Minority provides a valuable case study of one of the most organized and independent working classes in North America, during a period of ideological tension and unprecedented material advance.


Militant Minority tells the compelling story of British Columbia workers who sustained a left tradition during the bleakest days of the Cold War. Through their continuing activism on issues from the politics of timber licenses to global questions of war and peace, these workers bridged the transition from an Old to a New Left.

In the late 1950s, half of B.C.'s workers belonged to unions, but the promise of postwar collective bargaining spawned disillusionment tied to inflation and automation. A new working class that was educated, white collar, and increasingly rebellious shifted the locus of activism from the Communist Party and Co-operative Commonwealth Federation to the newly formed New Democratic Party, which was elected in 1972. Grounded in archival research and oral history, Militant Minority provides a valuable case study of one of the most organized and independent working classes in North America, during a period of ideological tension and unprecedented material advance.



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Canadian historian and politician Isitt (law, U. of Victoria, British Columbia) presents a revision of his 2008 doctoral dissertation at the University of New Brunswick Tug of War: The Working Class and Political Change in British Columbia, 1948-1972. He recounts the post-war struggle between workers and employers over resource wealth, the rules of labor relations, and the scope of the welfare state in the province. The backdrop of the conflict was the Cold War raging around the world pitting communists and capitalists against each other. He covers the political economy of British Columbia, Moscow on the Fraser, socialism postponed, other lefts, new militancy, and political change. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781442641945
9781442611054
1442641940
1442611057
Characteristics: xv, 458 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm

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