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The Communist Party of Great Britain Since 1920 [NOOK Book]

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This is a new single volume history of the Communist Party of Great Britain, examining the party from its foundation in 1920 to its demise in the early 1990s. Drawing on original research and a reading of specialist texts, the authors analyze the rise and fall of the party and evaluate its role on the left of British politics. While sympathetic to the ideals and commitment of many British communist activists, the book is sharply critical of ...
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The Communist Party of Great Britain Since 1920

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Overview

This is a new single volume history of the Communist Party of Great Britain, examining the party from its foundation in 1920 to its demise in the early 1990s. Drawing on original research and a reading of specialist texts, the authors analyze the rise and fall of the party and evaluate its role on the left of British politics. While sympathetic to the ideals and commitment of many British communist activists, the book is sharply critical of much of the actual practice of the party.
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Critical of the Communist Party from a socialist perspective, this volume traces the history of the British Communist Party from its 1920 founding at the "center of world imperialism" to its eventual dissolution following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The authors argue that the history of the party mirrored the degeneration of the Russian Revolution and that they were plagued by a "powerful internal discipline" that conformed to the coercive power of the Comintern, controlled by the Kremlin. Nevertheless, they find numerous laudable achievements of the party, particularly in the pre-World War II years. They suggest that "it is only if you see the heights to which the party rose, that you can understand the lows to which it fell." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230560758
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/10/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • File size: 362 KB

Meet the Author

James Eaden has taught history and politics in further and higher education for the last 15 years and has a long history of activist campaigning in the socialist and trade union movement.

David Renton is currently employed as an education officer for the Trade Union Congress in London.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: the Rise and Decline of British Bolshevism
Primary sources
Secondary sources
1 High Hopes: 1920-28 1
Before the Bolsheviks 2
Foundation 7
Bolshevisation 15
International 19
General Strike 24
Left turn 31
2 The Zig-Zag Left: 1928-39 36
Isolation and the new line 37
Challenges - right and left 42
The line changes (1) 45
The line changes (2) 50
Cable Street 57
Aid Spain 60
Moscow Trials 65
3 The Party at War: its Finest Hour? 69
Imperialist war: 'what are we fighting for?' 70
'Don't you know there's a war on?': putting the line into practice 75
What sort of party? 81
June 1941: all change 84
'The issue is clear: victory over the fascist barbarians ...' 85
'Everything for the Front must be the rallying call ...' 87
The electoral truce 91
Conclusion 96
4 Past its Peak: 1945-56 98
Revolutionaries and labour 101
The Cold War (1) 104
The party in crisis 108
The Cold War (2) 113
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