The Communist Party of Great Britain Since 1920

The Communist Party of Great Britain Since 1920

by J. Eaden, D. Renton
     
 

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A new single volume history of the Communist Party of Great Britain examining the party from its foundations 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. Whilst sympathetic to the ideals and commitment

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A new single volume history of the Communist Party of Great Britain examining the party from its foundations 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. Whilst 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333949689
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

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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