'84/'85: The Miners' Strike

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  • WS 18/19

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154525 '84/'85: The Miners' Strike 2 HS Mo 12:15 – 13:45 R. U 331 Piskurek

Course Description

Although it is more than thirty years in the past, memories of the miners' strike are still vivid in the North of Britain: on both sides of the struggle (the striking miners and trade union members, as well as strikebreakers and the police), contemporary witnesses still testify that what started as another case of industrial action brought the UK on the brink of a civil war. In 2013, foreign audiences were at a loss when the pictures of whole communities and mining villages celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher were broadcast; this showed that Thatcher's battle with the trade unions is still regarded as the event which characterizes her decade of governing (some would claim: and dividing) Britain more than any other.

In this seminar, we will explore the historical context of the strike, discuss the ideological groundwork that came to define Thatcherism, and look at a huge variety of representations of the miners and their strike. This will include documentaries by Ken Loach and Jeremy Deller, song lyrics by Billy Bragg and Attila the Stockbroker, and novels by David Peace and Randy O'Rourke. Given the Ruhrgebiet's mining history, this seminar should be of special interest to students of this university.

Course Requirements

Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
  • 1302, 1303
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 5c
  • GyGe: 6ab, 7ab
  • SP1. Fach: 5c
  • SP2. Fach: 4b
  • BK: 6ab, 7ab
LABG 2009:
  • G: 703, 704
  • HRG: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 701, 702, 1001
  • SP: 703
LABG 2016:
  • G: 601, 703, 704
  • HRSGe: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 701, 702, 1001
  • SP: 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern: 6abc, Komp: 3abc
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc, Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1abc
  • M.A.AS: 2ab
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften PO ab WS 16/17:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 6ac, Komp: 3abd
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc, Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1acd
  • M.A.AS: 2ab