1926-1985: So Near - So Far - a selective history of the British miners

1926-1985: So Near - So Far - a selective history of the British miners

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.

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Jun 14 2009 17:39


1926-1985: So Near - So Far - a selective history of the British miners

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Jun 30 2009 13:35

To try and make this article more manageable, I have added chapter 20 as a child page of the main article.

It would be good to do this with all the chapters, and the footnotes.

To do this, just edit the main article to cut out the texts for chapters and if you can see the link at the bottom of the main article "add child page" click that and pasted in their. If not just submit a new library article, paste it in there and in the section "book outline" choose the main article as the "parent book".

Don't add any tags or anything to it though, also it would be best to call the chapters "chapter 01, 02, etc" just because they will automatically be sorted in alphabetical order.

The footnotes can just be an extra chapter at the end - or alternatively they can be coded into the text automatically with the following code:

text here< fn> footnotes text here</ fn>

. (Removing the spaces)

Jun 30 2009 13:42

thats wat im talking about...tbh though i have no IT skills.

Red Marriott
Jul 4 2009 09:38

Steven; have added child pages up to chap. 6 - will do rest soon.

Jul 5 2009 11:02

Nice one Ret, is it okay to now delete all of the text out of this main article? Apart from the preface of course

Red Marriott
Jul 5 2009 11:15

Hi Steven; all is done now - child pages & deletion of text from parent page.

Jul 5 2009 11:31

Is this available in hard copy? If not, is there anything worth getting that I can read in my hands?

Red Marriott
Jul 5 2009 11:51

Not as yet available in hard copy, though a (not too distant) future possibility. It's amazing how there is so little written on the Miners Strike since it ended 25 yrs ago - and certainly nothing from a radical perspective as substantial as this text.

Jul 6 2009 18:27

Thanks a lot Steven and Ret for re-organising it - it's far more user-friendly and clearer. Would have done it like that myself, more or less, but don't know how to put in internal library links.

Oct 16 2017 10:38

Please keep this text on libcom as it incorporates contributions from various sources and is an important counterweight to others here covering the same period.
Edit: I very much value the libcom library facility and will continue to comment on relevant library texts from time to time but it is clear that Samotnaf does not want there to be any exceptions to his recent request to remove them from libcom as this would undermine his detailed reasons provided elsewhere for distancing himself from this site. So in the circumstances I find it is no real hardship on my part to in future reference and provide links to the relevant text on Samotnaf's own site as here:
http://dialectical-delinquents.com/articles/class-struggle-histories-2/so-near-so-far-a-history-of-the-british-miners/ and as above /1-part-2/