he tide of democracy examines British shipbuilding in its heyday, bringing together original discussions of the organization of production, the relationship between leaders and members of the industry's key trade union, and the involvement of that union in wider labour politics. This study combines a broad account of the whole period from 1870 to 1950 with thorough investigations of the impact of new machinery on skills, the significance of independent rank-and-file movements and the role of craft unions in the origins and early development of the Labour Party. It examines shipyards in all of their major locations, including detailed studies of industrial movements on Clydeside and the north-east coast of England. Reid's treatment of both Scottish and English history produces a broad perspective on the development of popular British political culture in the period. By bringing together economic, social and political history in this holistic way, Reid demonstrates an affinity between a way of life and a distinctive view of the world. The result of many years of research and based on an impressive range of primary sources, this study is an important contribution to modern British history. Clearly presented and elegantly written with a distinctly human touch, this volume will be indispensable for specialist researchers in the fields it covers, as well as invaluable for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.