After studying Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, University of London, Paul Philippou completed an MSc. in Fluid & Structural Mechanics. After many years of involvement in the labour and trade union movement, he completed a PhD in ‘Labour History’ in the Department of History, University of Dundee, supervised by Professor Christopher Whatley and Dr William Kenefick. Entitled, “There is only one P in Perth - And, it stands for Pullars!” : the Labour, Trade-Union, and Co-operative Movements in Perth, c. 1867 to c.1922’ (2015), the thesis provides an example of a development of class consciousness and support for Labour that shows strong deviation with those (according to conventional Scottish labour history) found in many other parts of Scotland. In particular, the thesis considers why a significant proportion of the Perth working class either remained loyal to Liberalism or shifted allegiance to Conservatism in the very early 1920s at which point the death agony of the Liberal Party had become deafening and the rise of Labour inexorable. In addition, the thesis examines the slow development of trade unionism in Perth and its failure to make any substantial headway until almost the conclusion of the Great War. The thesis when placed alongside studies such as Catriona Macdonald’s work on Paisley adds to the case for a fragmented development of class and trade-union consciousness across Scotland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The motor for the deviation between Perth and elsewhere is shown to be due to a ‘local identity’ - in particular a lingering and powerful industrial paternalism, the absence of a sizeable and powerful branch of the Independent Labour Party, and an insular craft-union dominated trades council. Additionally, the Perth working class is shown to have played a significant role in its own subordination going so far as to act to maintain the local industrial order even as Perth’s industrial paternalists and Liberal elites were abandoning the consensus upon which it was built.
‘Mutually Hostile Parties?: the co-operative movement in Perth and its relationship with the labour movement, 1871-1918 Scottish Labour History Journal
Spanish Thermopylae: Cypriot Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 (Barcelona: Warren & Pell, 2009)
The Early Photographers of Perthshire (Perth: Tippermuir Books, 2016)
Dr Philippou is currently an Honorary Research Fellow within the Department of History, University of Dundee,
where he continues his research.
Dr Philippou’s research interests include:
The Labour and Trade Union Movement
The Co-operative movement
The International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War
Communist, Anarchist, and other Left-Wing political parties/organisations
the Social History of Perth and Perthshire
Currently writing a paper on the 1922 general election in Scotland: ‘ The avalanche which swept from Ayr to Dundee
the 1922 General Election and the Breakthrough of the Labour Party in Scotland’.