The General Strike Lecture

Ref: C2345477

Just over 95 years ago, in May 1926, Britain experienced its first and so far only General Strike. It lasted only nine days, but in the words of one historian, it was 'a moment of drama in the lives of many people'. Millions of workers were locked out or called out to support those in dispute, while the armed forces and volunteers were used to maintain basic services. This lecture will place the General Strike in its wider historical context, exploring its origins, how it progressed, and the response of national and local authorities. It will consider how far it achieved its objectives, and some of its implications for industrial relations in the future.

Course aim

To identify the origins of the General Strike in 1926, the response of national government and local authorities, and how far it succeeded in achieving its objectives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the origins of the General Strike and its objectives.
  • Give examples of the response of national and local government, and the general public.
  • Explain why the strike was called off after nine days.
  • Develop your skills of critical historical analysis.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

There is nothing that you need to bring.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The General Strike Lecture

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