Why there was a General Strike in 1926

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Economic Depression - decline in staple industries

  • The govt. had returned to the gold standard - reduced exports - especially coal

Trade Union militancy

  • Period of industrial unrest.
  • 1913 - miners, railwaymen and transport workers formed the 
    Triple Alliance
  • Promised to support each other if there was a strike

Fear of Communism

  • Middle class feared communism
  • 1924 - Daily Mail published supposed letter from a Russian communist leader
    urging British communist to start a revolution
  • Letter was forged - but scared British…


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