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BIOGRAPHY OF A YOUNG PARTY: EARLY YEARS OF THE LABOUR PARTY

Starts 20th February, 6.30-8pm

Description

This series of talks tracks the early development of the NZ Labour party and will cover the party’s evolution from a minor party, promoting the philosophy of socialism and the interests of the labour movement which was formed in the early years of World War One, to its election into Government in 1935. This topic formed the basis of the Tutor’s PhD and he is undertaking work on the topic for a book. There will be four lectures:

1.             The Journey to the Holy Land – Labour’s development

This talk will discuss the Labour party’s development from a range of socialist, radical liberal and labour parties and groups.

2.             The 15 Varieties of Socialism

Socialism meant different things to different people.  Exactly what did Labour’s commitment to socialism mean in practical terms for the party and its members?  

3.             The Electoral Road to Socialism

Labour’s commitment to both socialism and Parliament as a means of achieving its goal and objectives. In addition, Labour also promoted new electoral processes and extra-parliamentary reform to achieve popular participation.

4.             Enlightened capitalism

The latter 1920s and 1930s was a period of economic instability both nationally and internationally. The changing political and economic circumstances prompted a significant re-alignment for the NZLP.  While it remained publicly dedicated to socialism, there was a shift in its economic thinking that led finally to its economic programme in1935.