A long text, completed in 2005, 20 years after the end of the miners strike. It certainly has no pretensions to being complete. It covers mainly the period from '26 to '85, sometimes sketchily, sometimes in great detail, sometimes subjective, sometimes just facts. Though chronological, it jumps around in style, with texts written by different people: mainly by endangered phoenix, but also by John Dennis, Dave Douglass, the Webbs, Joe Jacobs, Solidarity, Neil Fernandez, the Spanish dockers' Co-Ordinadora, UK Wildcat and Counter-Information.
aspects of a history of the British miners
A Selective History of Miners' (and a few other) UK Struggles Up To And Including The 1984-5 Strike
The whole of this text was completed in 2005, shortly after the 20th anniversary of the strike and is now being put in the library on the 25th anniversary of the strike. We have included "Miner Conflicts - Major Contradictions" (Chapter 13) here, which appeared during the Miner' Strike, at the beginning of July 1984. Unlike the "Miner Conflicts..." text, this text takes place in a vacuum: it cannot influence any specific movement, and has no intention of doing so. But unlike most of the reflections on the strike 20 or 25 years after, and on the history of miners struggles in general, its aim is to contribute to developing an analysis of the strike and the present day situation in Britain in order to extract a few pointers to a possible future practical use, just as analyses of, for example, the Spanish Revolution (1936-37), contributed to a supercession of anarchist ideology and an attack on Stalinism. In the present desert of practical opposition to this increasingly suicidal world, this may seem over-ambitious. But if you don't aim high you always end up low.