Comparison of State-Labour Union Relations UK (Thatcher) and ROK


Korean Minjok Leadership Academy
KKM



Table of Contents


December 3rd 2008
September 12th 2008
September 7th 2008
June 19th 2008
June 8th 2008
June 8th 2008
May 30th 2008
May 30th 2008
March 27th 2008



December 3rd 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

(1) Occasionally, the chapter titles in your table of contents and those in the text do not match. In your table of contents you use a numbering system, which you do not use in the text.
(2) 5 out of 12 notes are from one and the same source, indicating a high degree of depwendence from one singular source.
(3) I suggest to swichy the order of chapters II.1 and II.2; begin with the Trade Unions, they are much older than Labour Party.
(4) Behind the great wealth, glory and development achieved during the high tide of industrial revolution and capitalism were working-class people working 18 hours a day in extremely dangerous working conditions with practically no insurance
up to 18 hours a day. Here you describe a situation which fits for the worst period of British industrial history, around the time when Friedrich Engels wrote "On the Condition of the Working Classes in England". Your next sentence deals with events in 1901 and 1906; In the late 19th century slight progress regarding the working conditions were made. Trade Unions and the Labour Party wanted much more.
(5) "We will embark on a change so radical, a revolution so quiet and so total that it will go far beyond the programme of a parliament ..." Edward Heath, In Tory Party Conference after his election victory in1970
give reference in a note
(6) Overall comment : a number of short chapters 1 or 2 paragraphs long, complementing a few longer chapters.
I do understand that you are under time pressure. Can you try write similarly short chapters to provisionally complete the paper, and then, in a later step (perhaps) replace the short chapters by more detailed ones ?
(7) Frankly speaking, there is little new in this draft. Even some of my criticism I have made earlier.



September 12th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

This section, I assume, corresponds to chapter IV in your Working Table of Contents.
(1) systematically capitalize Labour Party, Conservative Party and similar names.
(2) for every direct quote include a note.
"We are prostrate before you but doní»t ask us to put it in writing" ? James Callaghan, the Labour Prime minister (1976-1979), to the TUC General Council.
Not enough. Where did you obtain that information ? Note.
(3) This (Beveridge) report was universally extolled across the nation and came to be known as the principles of what is now called "the Welfare State". Everything had to be í«plannedí» by the government.
Your narrative is too summaric for me; please include key data such as when the health service was nationalized.
(4) Under Churchill, it formed wartime Coalition government in 1940 to be continued for 5 years, ..
This reads as if Labour, under the Conservative Winston Churchill, ruled alone. They were junior partner in a coalitionj government. You also might want to mention that Attlee was in charge for running the coupon economy at home (wartime socialism).
(5) However, the limited amount of natural resources buried within the country soon limited the production level by 20th century.
So who walks around Korea with a shovel burying natural resources in the ground ? rephrase
(6) an intervention by government in the location of industry and people to ensure a more even distribution of economy.
How does one distribute an economy ? rephrase
(7) the Distribution of Industry Acts of 1945 and 1950 was passed were passed
(8) Note (7) unnecessary; you do not need to explain the Yom Kippur War. If you do, it seems you assume your readers to be idiots.
(9) Belligerent Trade Unions and Winter of Discontent, 1978-1979 The Winter of Discontent
(10) von Hayek, Friedman : either list both titles in your reference list, or in notes explain how you know that the Iron Lady described his book that way.
General comment : sloppy in grammar and spelling, as in numbering of chapters and the inclusion of footnotes. Does provide a concise description of the development leading to Maggie Thatcher taking office. Some data I would expect under "Growth of the Labour Party" I later found under "Nationalization and Regional Policy".



September 7th 2008

Check website of UK National Archive http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Search Documents Online http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/ for Coal ..
Check New Releases http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/releases/default.htm for Coal ..
Check (UK Nat'l Archive) Online Library Catalogue http://www.library.nationalarchives.gov.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/o/o/49 for Coal ..

Search RHS Bibliography for Coal ..



June 19th 2008

Michael J. Oliver, Hugh Pemberton, UK Economic Policy in the 1960s and 1970s and the Challenge to Learning (2006 draft), http://www.helsinki.fi/iehc2006/papers1/Oliver19.pdf
a draft not to be quoted without permission of the authors. You are not interested in the challenge to the education system, which is the main subject of the essay, but rather in a detailed description of economic pre-Thatcherite policy given here. Strangely enough the authors ask you not to quote them.




June 8th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

Not a chapter on history, so I will give only a short comment. No notes; the Merkel quote for instance deserves a note.



June 8th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

Table of Contents thoroughly revised. Looks okay to me; I do not comment on the part which discusses present problems and potential solutions. Don't take my last criticism personal; in the absence of anything to comment on I felt obliged to take a stand. Your last year's final report I may consider posting when I have a lot of time.



May 30th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

I do not get how chapters II.2 and III. differ. Otherwise the ToC looks okay. You remember that one sample chapter is required prior to the final term tests - which chapter are you going for ?

Just a general observation : LJO's log 24 KB, Teacher's Log 8 KB. PIH's Log 32 KB, Teacher's Log 8 KB. PKW's Log 10 KB, Teacher's Log 6 KB. Your log 6 KB, Teacher's Log 7 KB. Do you note the imbalance ? Keep in mind : your paper is an extension of one you wrote for Politics Class a year earlier and thus had a head start over your colleagues (except for PKW). And I gave you most of the titles you listed in your bibliography update.
Do not use the frequent cancellations of class as an excuse for not having made more progress.



May 30th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

(1) Check Ewon's Log. Harmer and Cook should have extensive bibliographic sections.
My UK index page has a lot of links, and lists books accessible at KMLA : http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/britain/xuk.html
Check especially Kenneth J. Panton, Keith A. Cowlard, Historical Dictionary of the United Kingdom, Vol.1 : England and the UK, Lanham : Scarecrow 1997; KMLA Lib. Call Sign R 941.003 P198h v.1
Did you do systematic bibliographic research ?
You are a prolific writer and you can produce well-written essays. On the other side I take it that you are seriously concerned with this project only for short periods of time, and preoccupied by other matters for most of the time. The unfortunate scheduling of our course - cancelled about every second time - is not helpful either.
Systematic bibliographic research, on your part, should have been done in about April. You definitely should do that before you travel to the UK. If you know the titles of publications you look for, it makes finding them so much easier. In your next update of the bibliography I expect a bibliographies section. I gave you bibliographic sources for the British side; for the Korean side you have to find your own bibliographic sources.
(2) Your bibliography is heavily Britain-centered. You need to balance that if you want your paper to be credible.



March 27th 2008 . . . go to Student's Log

Your list, at present, contains general reference books on Economics, general reference books on British history, general references on British labour history and 2 sources on the period you want to focus on (Thatcherism). You need to include (1) sources, both statistical and narrative, featuring the development of Britain's coal mining industry, (2) sources on the history of the Trade Unions (= Labour Unions) in Britain, specifically on the coal miners' strike, and (3) sources covering the Korean side of the story.
It seems you did not try yet to search the web for sources. Here what I found in a matter of minutes :

Article : UK Miners' Strike 1984-1985, from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_miners'_strike_(1984-1985)
Article : Arthur Scargill, from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Scargill
Article : National Union of Mineworkers, from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Union_of_Mineworkers
Article : National Coal Board, from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Coal_Board
Article : The Decline of the Miners' Union, from BBC News, October 11th 2004, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3733028.stm
Article : Miners' Strike, no Ordinary Dispute, from BBC News, March 9th 2004, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3502759.stm
Neville Simpkins, Coal Mining in the 1980s, from Durham Miner Project, http://www.durham-miner.org.uk/miner/projects.nsf/0/c7dc3c7593ffc43980256e7d0038f395?OpenDocument
Article : The Miners' Strike, from BBC Wales, March 25th 2008, http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/mining/pages/strike.shtml
Coalfield Web Materials, University of Wales Swansea
Durham Miner Project
National Coal Mining Museum for England, Overton, West Yorkshire

Look into these :
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-9256.1985.tb00099.x?cookieSet=1&journalCode=ponl - A.J. Taylor, The Politics of Coal (1985), 6 pages
http://astore.amazon.co.uk/law-books-21/detail/1844675084 - Seumas Milne, The Enemy within (2004)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-Coal-Women-Miners-Strike/dp/0750939710 - Triona Holden, Queen Coal, Women of the Miners' Strike (2005)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coal-Not-Dole-Memories-Miners/dp/1840333294/ref=pd_sim_b_title_1 - Guthrie Hutton, Coal not Dole, Memories .. (2005)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Miners-Strike-Day-Illustrated-Yorkshire/dp/1903425166/ref=pd_sim_b_title_2 - A. Wakefield, The Miners' Strike Day by Day (2002)

I want you to look at these sources and do a more thorough job looking for sources. You have to decide, which one qualifies for being listed in your reference list. Make an (A) list : titles to be quoted in your paper, and a (B) list : titles you looked into. If you decide to discard a source, write why you did so (commented bibliography). That way you avoid having to do so again, if you forgot why you discarded it.

Create an updated version of your bibliography, including websites, publications covering the Korean part of the matter; divide it into two parts :
books / websites you have accessed;
books, essays etc. you consider accessing