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‘A Strong International Spirit’: The Influence of Internationalism on the Women’s Co-operative Guild

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Hellawell, Sarah (2021) ‘A Strong International Spirit’: The Influence of Internationalism on the Women’s Co-operative Guild. Twentieth Century British History, 32 (1). pp. 93-118. ISSN 1477-4674

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This article explores the internationalism of the Women’s Co-operative Guild during the inter-war years. Drawing on the records of the national and international Guild, alongside the minute books of a local branch based in Darlington, County Durham, it positions the Women’s Co-operative Guild in the vibrant political culture in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. Building on recent literature that has sought to examine the phenomenon of inter-war internationalism, this article sheds light on an organization that represented the interests of working-class women. Internationalist in outlook, the association demonstrates how internationalist ideals played out on a day-to-day basis. The article demonstrates that the Women’s Co-operative Guild played a unique and complementary role within both the British and international women’s movements.

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Author: Sarah Hellawell ORCID iD

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Culture > History and Politics
Social Sciences > Sociology

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