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Arthur Horner

A Political Biography

Nina Fishman

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Lawrence & Wishart Ltd
01 April 2021
Arthur Horner (1894-1968) was a miners' leader from the 1926 general strike to his retirement as general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1959. During his life, he played a crucial role in the fight for a national mineworkers union, and in the development of the National Coal Board; he was a champion of the Republicans in Spain; he was imprisoned several times for his views; and, he was in constant demand as a speaker. But it was his warmth, good humour and enthusiasm which made 'little Arthur', as he was affectionately known by his union colleagues, really memorable.
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Imprint:   Lawrence & Wishart Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
ISBN:   9781907103087
ISBN 10:   1907103082
Pages:   608
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents Acknowledgements 615 Abbreviations 618 14 The Post-War Settlement 623 15 General Secretary 675 16 The Sting 727 17 Modus Vivendi 774 18 Threats and Spectres 802 19 Breaking Point 840 20 Holding On 869 21 Swan Song 895 22 Winding Down 929 23 Looking Back 955 Afterword 973 Bibliography 977 Notes 979 Index 1059

Nina Fishman was Professor of Industrial and Labour Movement History at Westminster University from 2004-2007 and Honorary Research Professor in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University from 2007-2009. She has written widely on labour movement history. Her previous publications include The British Communist Party and the Trade Unions 1933-1945 (1995); and (as co-editor, with Geoff Andrews and Kevin Morgan) Opening the Books: Essays on the Cultural and Social History of the Communist Party (1995).

Reviews for Arthur Horner: A Political Biography

'Nina Fishman's book is, at last, a worthy record of the significant contributions to the working class and the history of twentieth century Britain by a very remarkable man.' Eric Hobsbawm 'Arthur Horner was a towering, but also a paradoxical figure - a lifelong Communist and fearless champion of his people, who was also an industrial statesman trusted by employers and governments alike. Nina Fishman's biography brings him to life, with all his baffling complexities. She combines meticulous scholarship, psychological insight and mastery of the complex economic and political context. In doing so she has filled a major gap in British labour history.' Professor David Marquand, former Principal, Mansfield College, Oxford 'Nina Fishman's biography of Arthur Horner fills an important gap in the history of coal-mining trade unionism in Wales, Britain and internationally. Arthur Horner was one of the outstanding trade union leaders of the twentieth century - the key figure in the creation of the National Union of Mineworkers and the National Coal Board in the post-war period. His contribution was a lasting one, much admired by succeeding generations of union leaders. Nina Fishman has faithfully and critically recorded this in rich detail.' Hywel Francis, MP for Aberavon 'Had he not insisted on remaining a member of the Communist Party Horner would almost certainly have been a Labour Cabinet Minister and perhaps a chairman of the National Coal Board. In any event he was the most remarkably talented general secretary of the post-war National Union of Mineworkers when that union was at the height of its powers. Professor Nina Fishman's magnum opus biography of Horner will have lasting status as a classic historic work on this truly giant figure of the British labour movement. It is a superb work of research, analysis and wisdom. Geoffrey Goodman


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