Recent Publications on Scottish Labour History, 2013-2018

This bibliography provides a tasting menu of the rich variety of work published in the present decade relating to the labour and working class history of Scotland, but excluding material published in Scottish Labour History (SLH). Extracted from listings published in SLH from 2013 onwards, it covers the history of trade unions, political developments, and the cultural and social life of the working class of Scotland in its wider context. 


Angela Bartie and Arthur McIvor, “Oral History in Scotland”.
The Scottish Historical Review 92, Supp. 234 (April 2013).

Anthony Cox, Empire, Industry and Class: the Imperial Nexus of Jute, 1840-1940
Abingdon: Routledge, 2013.

John Goodrich and Bridget Keegan (Editors), A History of British Working Class Literature
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017

D. C. H. Watts, ‘Building an Alternative Economic Network? Consumer Cooperation in Scotland from the 1870s to the 1960s’.
The Economic History Review, 70, 1 (February 2017).

John F. Wilson, Anthony Webster, and Rachel Vorberg-Rugh Building Co-operation: a Business History of the Co-operative Group, 1863-2013
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Eighteenth Century

Keith Edward Beeb (Editor), The McCulloch Examinations of the Cambuslang Revival (1742): A Critical Edition: Conversion Narratives from the Scottish Evangelical Awakening.
Edinburgh: Scottish History Society and Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2013.

Vivienne Dunstan, ‘Chapmen in Eighteenth-Century Scotland’.
Scottish Literary Review, 9, 1 (Spring-Summer 2017).

Peter Kirby, Child Workers and Industrial Health in Britain 1780-1850
Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2013.

Andrew MacKillop, ‘Riots and Reform: Burgh Authority, the Languages of Civic Reform and the Aberdeen Riot of 1785’.
Urban History, 44, 3 (August 2017).

Timothy J. Shannon, ‘A ‘wicked commerce’: Consent, Coercion, and Kidnapping in Aberdeen’s Servant Trade’.
The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 74, 3 (July 2017).

Beverley Sherry, ‘Thomas Muir: an Australian perspective’.
Scottish Local History, 92 (Autumn 2015).

Paul Tonks, ‘Robert Millar of Paisley and the History of the Propagation of Christianity: An Eighteenth-Century Scottish Presbyterian Global Vision in Socio-economic Context’.
Korean Journal of British Studies, 37 (June 2017) [Analyses of subscription lists including many working class names.].

Nineteenth Century

Andrew August (Editor), The Urban Working Class in Britain, 1830-1914.
London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013 4 vols.

David G. Barrie and Susan Broomhall, Police Courts in Nineteenth-Century Scotland
Farnham: Ashgate, 2014.

William Black, ‘The Daphne Disaster’.
Gallus: Glasgow Ancestry Links the Likes of Us, 113 (October 2018).[1883 Govan ship-launch disaster]

Kirstie Blair (Editor), Poets of the People’s Journal: Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland.
Glasgow: Association of Scottish Literary Studies, 2016.  

David Buchanan, ‘Waverley Novels, New Chapbooks and Histories of Reading’.
Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society 10 (2015) [Working-class reading habits]

Pauline Byran (Editor), What Would Keir Hardie Say?
Edinburgh: Luath, 2015

Calum Cameron-White, ‘The Highlander – the radical politics of John Murdoch’.
Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 68 (2015-17).

Malcolm Chase, 1820: disorder and stability in the United Kingdom
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.

T. J. Dowds, ‘The Condorrat Radicals of 1820’.
Scottish Local History, Issue 85 (Spring 2013).

T. J. Dowds, ‘The Paisley Radical Trial of 1820.’
Scottish Local History 90, (Winter 2014-15).

David Finkelstein, Movable Types: Roving Creative Printers of the Victorian World  
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Christopher Frank, ‘The Sheriff’s Court or the Company Store: Truck, the Arrestment of Wages, and Working Class Consumption in Scotland, 1837-71’.
Labour History Review, 79, 1 (July 2014).

John Gardner, ‘Preventing Revolution: Cato Street, Bonnymuir, and Cathkin’.
Studies in Scottish Literature, 39, 1 (2013) pp. 160–180.

Ian Gasse, ‘Cooperation in 1870s Dumfries: The experience of the Dumfries and Maxwelltown Co-operative Provision Society’.
Transactions of the Dumfries & Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, 3rd Ser. 90, (2016).

Josh Gibson, ‘The Chartists and the Constitution: Revisiting British Popular Constitutionalism’.
Journal of British Studies 56, 1 (January 2017) pp. 70-90

Morag Gibson, ‘Women With a Strong Sense of Their Own Worth: The Scottish Co-operative Women’s Guild 1918-1929’.
History Scotland, 17, 4 (July-August 2017).

Graham Hannaford, ‘The 1845 New Poor Law for Scotland: A Fundamental Change’
Journal of the Sydney Society for Scottish History’, 17 (2018) pp.47-62.

Fiona Hayes, ‘The Glasgow Shipwrights Society franchise banner (or is it…?)’.
History Scotland, 18, 1 (January- February 2018).

Penelope Ismay. ‘Between Providence and Risk: Odd Fellows, Benevolence and the Social Limits of Actuarial Science, 1820s-1880s’
Past & Present 226, (February 2015) pp. 115-147.

Simon Joyce, ‘The Engineering Employers’ Federation and the Crisis of 1889: A Case Study in the Decline of Multi-Employer Bargaining’.
Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 34 (2013).

W. W. Knox, ‘The Attack of the ‘half-formed persons’: the 1811-2 Tron Riot in Edinburgh Revisited’.
The Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 91 no. 232 (October 2012).

Lucy Lethbridge, Servants: A downstairs view of twentieth-century Britain.
London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

John MacAskill (Editor), The Highland Destitution of 1837: Government Aid and Public Subscription
Edinburgh: Scottish History Society and Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2013.

Terence McBride, ‘Ribbonmen and radicals: the cultivation of Irishness and the promotion of active citizenship in mid-Victorian Glasgow’
Irish Studies Review, 23, 1 (2015) pp. 15-32.

Matthew McDowell, ‘“Social physical exercise?” Football, industrial paternalism, and professionalism in west Dunbartonshire, Scotland, c. 1870–1900’
Labor History 55, 4 (2014).

John McIlroy, ‘British Communists and the 1932 turn to the trade unions’.
Labor History, 56, 5 (December 2015).

John McIlroy, ‘The revival and decline of rank and file movements in Britain during the 1930s’.
Labor History, 57, 3 (2016).

Kyle McKibben, ‘Glasgow’s Vanished Wynds’.
History Scotland, Vol. 11, no. 6 (November-December 2011) [Alexander Brown’s Midnight Shadow and Social Photographs, 1858]

Stephen James Murray, Trade Union Sponsorship of UK Labour Migration to the United States, 1850s to 1880s.
Lewiston, N.Y. and Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2015.

Stana Nenadic and Sally Tuckett, ‘Artisans and Aristocrats in Nineteenth-Century Scotland’. The Scottish Historical Review, 95, 2 (October 2016).

Gordon Pentland, ‘The Freethinker’s Zetetic Society: An Edinburgh Radical Underworld in the Eighteen-Twenties’.
Historical Research, 91, 252 (May 2018).

Duncan Ross. ‘Savings bank depositors in a crisis: Glasgow 1847 and 1857’.
Financial History Review 20, 2 (August 2013) [Working class savers of the Savings Bank of Glasgow]Article author query

Mark Russell, ‘Poor Law and its Impact on Wemyss Parish’.
Scottish Local History, Issue 84 (Autumn 2012).

Avram Taylor, ‘‘Are you a Billy, or a Dan, or an old tin can?’: street violence and relations between Catholics, Jews and Protestants in the Gorbals during the inter-war years’.
Urban History 41, 1 (February 2014) pp. 124-140.

Twentieth Century to 1945

Chloe Alexander, ‘Scottish Responses to the 1913 Lockout & the 1916 Easter Rising’.
Saothar, 41 (2016) pp. 269-277.

Gordon J. Barclay, ‘‘Duties in aid of the civil power’: the deployment of the army to Glasgow, 31 January to 17 February 1919’.
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 38, 2 (November 2018).

Henry Bell, John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside
London: Pluto Press, 2018.

Esther Breitenbach & Valerie Wright, ‘Women as Active Citizens: Glasgow and Edinburgh c.1918–1939’.
Women’s History Review 23, 3 (2014).

Irene Brown, ‘Distant Whistles; Muted Flutes: Ada Wright in Glasgow’.
History Scotland, Vol. 11, no. 4 (March-April 2011) [Scottsboro Boys campaign, 1932]

Stephen Brown, ‘Red Clydeside’ [Three articles]
History Scotland, Vol. 12, nos. 3-5 (May-June - September-October 2012).

Ian Bullock, Under Siege: The ILP in Interwar Britain
Edmundton, AB: Athabasca UP, 2018.

Helen Caffrey, ‘Housing Munitions Workers: Gretna, Eastriggs and Barrow-in Furness’.  Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society 3rd series, 16 (2016) pp. 25-50

Ewan A. Cameron and Simon Ward, ‘Political Unionism and the First World War’.
History Scotland, Vol. 13, no. 2 (March-April 2013).

Bob Cooney, Proud Journey: A Spanish Civil War Memoir Introduction by Meirian Jump
London: Manifesto Press, 2015.

Dave Cope, Bibliography of the Communist Party of Great Britain
London: Lawrence and Wishart, 2016.

T. J. Dowds, ‘The Govan Rent Strike of 1915’.
Scottish Local History, 92 (Autumn 2015), pp. 16-20.

Seán Damer, Scheming: A Social History of Glasgow Council Housing, 1919-1956
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

Robert Duncan, Objectors & Resisters: Opposition to Conscription and War in Scotland 1914-18
Glasgow: Common Print, 2015.

Richard Finlay and Claire Wood, ‘A House Divided? The Impact of the First World War on the Scottish Liberals and Labour’.
History Scotland, 13, 3 (May-June 2013)

Russell Galbraith, Without Quarter: A Biography of Tom Johnston
Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2018

Ian Gazeley and Andrew Newell, ‘Urban working-class food consumption and nutrition in Britain in 1904.’
The Economic History Review 68, 1 (February 2015)

Morag Gibson, ‘Women With a Strong Sense of Their Own Worth: The Scottish Co-operative Women’s Guild 1918-1929’.
History Scotland, 17, 4 (July-August 2017).

Keith Gildart, ‘Séance Sitters, Ghost Hunters, Spiritualists, and Theosophists: Esoteric Belief and Practice in the British Parliamentary Labour Party, c1929–51’.
Twentieth Century British History, Volume 29, Issue 3 (September 2018)

Mark Gilfillan, ‘Jewish Responses to Fascism and Anti-Semitism’.
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 25, 2 (2015)

Paul Griffin, ‘Labour struggles and the formation of demands: The spatial politics of Red Clydeside’.
Geoforum 52 (June 2015) pp. 121-130.

Alan Harris, ‘Astonishing Scenes at the Scottish Lourdes: Masculinity, the Miraculous, and Sectarian Strife at Carfin, 1922-1945’.
The Innes Review, 66, 1 (Spring 2015).

Mary Sempster Hewitt, ‘Robert Demspter: A Forgotten Activist’.
Scottish Local History, 88 (Spring 2014) [Ploughmen’s Union and Scottish Labour Party]  

Cathy Hunt, The National Federation of Women Workers, 1906-1921
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Jacqueline Jenkinson, ‘Administering relief: Glasgow Corporation’s support for Scotland’s c. 20,000 Belgian refugees’.
Immigrants & Minorities, 34, 2 (2016).

William Kenefick, “An Effervescence of Youth: Female Textile-Workers Strike Activity in Dundee 1911-1912”
Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 33 (2012).

Tracey Lawson, The Gretna Girls: The WW1 munitions women who made the Devil’s Porridge
London: Two Roads, 2017.

Jennifer Luff, ‘Labor Anticommunism in the United States of America and the United Kingdom, 1920-49’
Journal of Contemporary History, 53, 1 (January 2018) pp. 109-133.

Kirsty Lusk and Willy Maley (Editors), Scotland and the Easter Rising, Fresh Perspectives on 1916
Edinburgh: Luath Press, 2016.

Kenny MacAskill, Glasgow 1919: the Rise of Red Clydeside
London: Biteback, 2019

D. A. J. Macpherson, ‘The Emergence of Women's Orange Lodges in Scotland: gender, ethnicity and women's activism, 1909–1940’
Women’s History Review, 22, 1 (2013).

David McVey, ‘The man who frustrated Churchill’
History Scotland 15, 3 (May-June 2015) [Edwin Scrymgeour].

Don Martin, ‘Tom Johnston and Municipal Socialism’.
Scottish Local History, 94 (Spring-Summer 2016), pp. 3-13.

Christopher W. Miller, Planning and Profits: British Naval Armaments Manufacture and the Military Industrial Complex, 1918-1941
Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018.

Donald Mitchell, The Politics of Dissent: A biography of E. D. Morel.
Bristol: Silverwood Press, 2014.

Duncan Money, ‘‘There are worse places than Dalmuir!’: Glaswegian Riveters on the Clyde and the Copperbelt’.
Labour History Review, 80, 3 (December 2015).

James Newbery, ‘Space of Discipline and Governmentality: the Singer Sewing Machine Factory, Clydebank, in the Twentieth Century’.
Scottish Geographical Journal, 129, 1 (March 2013).

Kathryn Olmsted, ‘British and US Anticommunism Between the World Wars’.
Journal of Contemporary History, 53, 1 (January 2018).

Andrew Perchard and Keith Gildart, “Buying brains and experts”: British coal owners, regulatory capture and miners’ health, 1918 – 1946’.
Labor History, 56, 6 (2015) pp. 459-480.

Malcolm Petrie, ‘Public Politics and Traditions of Popular Protest: Demonstrations of the Unemployed in Dundee and Edinburgh, c.1921–1939’.
Contemporary British History, 27, 4 (2013)

Malcolm Petrie, ‘Unity from Below? The Impact of the Spanish Civil War on Labour and the Left in Aberdeen and Dundee, 1936-1939.’
Labour History Review 79, 3 (December 2014).

Malcolm Petrie, Popular Politics and Political Culture: Urban Scotland, 1918-1939 Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

Piotr Potocki, ‘The origins of the Catholic Social Guild in Scotland: ‘We Have Not Attacked the Socialists Professedly’.
The Innes Review, 69, 2 (November 2018)

Fraser Raeburn, ‘Fae nae hair te grey hair they answered the call’: International Brigade Volunteers from the West Central Belt of Scotland in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–9.’
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 35, 1 (2015)

David Redvaldsen, ‘Eugenics, socialists and the labour movement in Britain, 1865–1940’.
Historical Research, 90, 250 (November 2017)

Iain J. M. Robertson, ‘Spaces of Assertion: Informal Land Occupations in the Scottish Highlands after 1914’.
Journal of Historical Geography, 53 (July 2016) pp. 45-53.

Lou Rosenburg, Scotland’s homes fit for heroes: garden city influences on the development of Scottish working class housing 1900 to 1939.
Edinburgh: Word Bank, 2016.

Peter Scott, James T. Walker and Peter Miskell, ‘British working-class household composition, labour supply, and commercial leisure participation during the 1930s.’
The Economic History Review 68, 2 (May 2015) pp. 657-656.  

Fiona Skillen, ‘Preventing ‘robotised women workers’: women, sport and the workplace in Scotland 1919–1939’
Labour History 55, 4 (2014) pp. 594-606.

John Smith, ‘Man of Skye: Rev. Roderick MacCowan (1871-1948).’
Scottish Reformation Society Historical Journal 5, (2015) [A conservative Free Church Minister and radical land reformer]

Angela Turner and Arthur McIvor, ‘Bottom dog men’: Disability, Social Welfare and Advocacy in the Scottish Coalfields in the Interwar Years, 1918-1939’.
The Scottish Historical Review, 96, 243 (October 2017).

Simon Webb, 1919: Britain’s Year of Revolution
Barnsley: Pen & Sword History, 2016.

Benjamin Wilkie, ‘Scottish Communists in 1930s Australia’.
History Scotland, Vol. 13, no. 1 (January- February 2013).

Clifford Williamson, ‘‘To remove the stigma of the Poor Law’: The ‘Comprehensive’ Ideal and Patient Access to the Municipal Hospital Service in the City of Glasgow, 1918–1939’.
History: Journal of the Historical Association 99, 334 (January 2014).

Arthur Woodburn, The Autobiography of Arthur Woodburn 1890-1978 Living with History, Edited by Gordon Pentland
Edinburgh: Scottish History Society and Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2017

Lewis Young, ‘Internal Party Bulletin or Paper of the Working Class Movement?: the Communist Party of Great Britain and the Role of the Daily Worker, 1930-1949’.   
Media History, 22, 1 (2016).

Twentieth Century after 1945

Calum Aikman, ‘The Birth of the Social Democratic Party in Scotland’.
Contemporary British History, 27, 3 (2013).

Terry Brotherstone, ‘Energy Workers against Thatcherite neoliberalism. Scottish coalminers and North Sea offshore workers: revisiting the class struggle in the UK in the 1980s’.
Workers of the World: International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts, 1, 2 (January 2013) [Available at:]

Gordon Brown, My Life, Our Times
London: Bodley Head, 2017.

Sarah Browne, The Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014.

Ewan A. Cameron, ‘The Political History of Modern Scotland’
Scottish Affairs, 85 (Autumn 2013).

Peter Dorey, ‘‘It was just like arming to face Hitler in the late 1930s’: The Ridley Report and the Conservative Party’s Preparations for the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike’.
Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 34 (2013).

Christos Efstathiou, ‘E. P. Thompson, the Early New Left and the Fife Socialist League’.
Labour History Review 81, 1 (April 2016).

John Foster, ‘Upper Clyde Shipbuilders 1971-2 and Edward Heath’s U-turn: How a united workforce defeated a divided government’
Mariners Mirror, 102, 1 (2016) pp. 34-48.

Maria Fyfe, A Problem Like Maria, A Woman’s Eye View of Life as an MP
Edinburgh: Luath Press, 2013.

Ewan Gibbs, ‘Historical Tradition and Community Mobilisation: Narratives of Red Clydeside in memories of the Anti-Poll Tax Movement c.1988-1990’
Labor History 57, 4 (2016).

Ewan Gibbs and Jim Phillips, ‘Who Owns a Factory?: Caterpillar Tractors in Uddingston, 1956–1987’
Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 39 (2018).

Shirin Hirsch, ‘‘A Quarrel of Limited Concern to the People of this Country’?: The British Labour Movement and Chile Solidarity’.
Labour History Review, 81, 3 (December 2016). [Includes blacking of Chilean air force engines at the East Kilbride Rolls-Royce plant]

Mark Lyon, The Battle of Grangemouth: A Worker’s Story
London: Lawrence & Wishart in association with Unite The Union, 2017

Kenneth McAskill, Jimmy Reid: A Scottish Political Journey
London: Biteback, 2017 pp. 356.

Ian MacDougall (Editor), Voices of Scottish Journalists: recollections by 22 veteran Scottish Journalists of their life and work
Edinburgh: The Scottish Working People's History Trust in association with John Donald, 2013.

Stuart Middleton, ‘Affluence and the Left in Britain, c1958-1974’.
English Historical Review, 129, 536 (February (2014).

Andrew Perchard, ‘‘Broken Men and ‘Thatcher’s Children’: Memory and Legacy in Scotland’s Coalfields’.
International Labor and Working Class History, 84 (Fall 2013).

Jim Phillips, ‘Deindustrialization and the Moral Economy of the Scottish Coalfields, 1947 to 1991’.
International Labor and Working Class History, 84 (Fall 2013).

Jim Phillips, ‘Containing, Isolating, and Defeating the Miners: The UK Cabinet Ministerial Group on Coal and the Three Phases of the 1984-85 Strike’.
Historical Studies in Industrial Relations 35 (2014) pp. 117-141.

Neil H. Ritson, ‘Diffusion of labor agreements: evidence from the UK oil industry’.
Labor History, 58, 5 (2017) pp. 611-622.

Kenneth Roy, Invisible Spirit: a life of Post-War Scotland 1945-1975
Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2014.

Kenneth Roy, The Broken Journey: A Life of Scotland 1976-99.
Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2016.

Evan Smith and Matthew Worley (Editors), Against the Grain: The British far left from 1956
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite and Natalie Thomlinson, ‘National Women Against Pit Closures: gender, trade unionism and community activism in the miners’ strike, 1984–5’.
Contemporary British History, 32, 1 (2018) pp. 78-100

Willie Thompson, ‘Scottish Communism 1962-91: from re-growth to extinction – a view from the inside’
Twentieth Century Communism, 5 (2013)

Selina Todd, ‘Phoenix Rising: Working-Class Life and Urban Reconstruction, c1945-1967’
Journal of British Studies, 54, 3 (July 2015)