The Nottinghamshire miners, the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and the 1984-85 miners strike: scabs or scapegoats?

Amos, David (2012) The Nottinghamshire miners, the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and the 1984-85 miners strike: scabs or scapegoats? PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Taken from the introduction:

One of the main aims of this study is to give a clear and coherent view of the main events, and to examine the role played by the Nottinghamshire miners in the strike of 1984-85. It will also critically analyse some of the more negative and inexact accounts of their role which have painted them as the anti-heroes in the 1984-85 strike. Basically this thesis will try and make a case that the majority of Nottinghamshire miners acted in line with their established 'custom and practice'. Fundamentally, the first half of the study (Chapters 1 to 3) is a narrative of the main events in the Nottinghamshire coalfield from c1979 to 1985 … The second half of this study (Chapters 4 to 6) is a critical analysis of some of the theories that have been put forward as to why there was an unreceptive reaction to the 1984-85 strike in the Nottinghamshire coalfield. These theories are based around the controversy surrounding the 'ballot issue' and the subsequent decision to run the strike on an area by area basis. They are critically analysed and reasons put forward as to why they may be unsustainable in their views.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Wrigley, C.J.
Subjects: H Social sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
D History - General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of History
Item ID: 14091
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 09:11
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 03:03
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/14091

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