A historian at the University of Hertfordshire claims that historians need to take a fresh look at protest history, particularly now given that protests and demonstrations are in the news again.
In a paper by historian Dr Katrina Navickas entitled What happened to Class? New Histories of Labour and Collective Action in Britain? which will be published in Social History next month (May 2011), Dr Navickas claims that labour historians have moved away from their roots in trade unions and labour history.
“They have moved away from class and are more interested in newer ideas of what the modern Labour movement stands for,” said Dr Navickas. “I think the whole question of class is understudied and it is important for historians to revisit this area.”