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Militant Minority British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972 by Benjamin Isitt
  

Militant Minority British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972

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Militant Minority British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972 by Benjamin Isitt

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.

About the Author

Benjamin Isitt is British Columbia-based historian specializing in social movements in twentieth-century Canada and the world.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th May 2011

Author

Benjamin Isitt

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Publisher

University of Toronto Press

Format

Hardback
424 pages

Categories


Industrialisation & industrial history
Social & cultural history
Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies

ISBN

9781442641945

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