The Autobiography of Arthur Woodburn (1890-1978)

August 2017
184 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Scottish History Society 6th Series
ISBN: 9780906245422
Format: Hardback
Scottish History Society
BISAC HIS037070, HIS015000

The Autobiography of Arthur Woodburn (1890-1978)

Living with History

Edited by Gordon Pentland

Modern edition of the autobiography of a significant figure in the Scottish Labour Party in the mid-twentieth century.
Arthur Woodburn's autobiography provides an exceptionally rich insight into the development of labour politics in Scotland in the first half of the twentieth century, into the experience of coalition government during the Second World War and of reconstruction and the government of Scotland in its aftermath. Woodburn was prominent within the labour movement and the Labour Party, but unlike many of his contemporaries his autobiography was never published at the time. It records his Edinburgh childhood, his route to socialism, his imprisonment as a conscientious objector during the First World War, educational and journalistic activities as well as his official roles in the Labour Party and government during the 1930s and 40s.
This volume provides a clear annotated modern edition of Woodburn's text, together with a full scholarly introduction explaining the historical significance of the autobiography and Woodburn himself.

Table of Contents

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten

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