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The Lost World of British Communism

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The Lost World of British Communism is a vivid account of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Raphael Samuel, one of post-war Britain’s most notable historians, draws on novels of the period and childhood recollections of London’s East End, as well as memoirs and Party archives, to evoke the world of British Communism in the 1940s. Samuel conjures up the era when the movement was at the height of its political and theoretical power, brilliantly bringing to life an age in which the Communist Party enjoyed huge ...
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Overview

The Lost World of British Communism is a vivid account of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Raphael Samuel, one of post-war Britain’s most notable historians, draws on novels of the period and childhood recollections of London’s East End, as well as memoirs and Party archives, to evoke the world of British Communism in the 1940s. Samuel conjures up the era when the movement was at the height of its political and theoretical power, brilliantly bringing to life an age in which the Communist Party enjoyed huge prestige as a bulwark for the struggles against fascism and colonialism.
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Editorial Reviews

Gareth Stedman Jones - Independent
“Raphael Samuel gave new meaning to the idea of history... He brought to the writing and popularisation of history a seemingly inexhaustible energy and creativity.”
The Times
“Samuel was born to be an historian. He had the vital quality of living at the same time in the past, the present and the future. Everything interested him, from public health to colonial rebellion and from street lighting to street fighting.”
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“Raphael Samuel gave new meaning to the idea of history ... He brought to the writing and popularisation of history a seemingly inexhaustible energy and creativity.”—Gareth Stedman Jones, Independent

“Samuel was born to be an historian. He had the vital quality of living at the same time in the past, the present and the future. Everything interested him, from public health to colonial rebellion and from street lighting to street fighting.”—The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844671038
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Raphael Samuel (1934–1996) was a tutor in History at Ruskin College, Oxford, and a founding editor of History Workshop Journal. His works include Theatres of Memory and Island Stories, also from Verso. For more information about his work, see The Raphael Samuel History Centre and Archive online.
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