The Popular Front and the Progressive Tradition: Socialists, Liberals and the Quest for Unity, 1884-1939 / Edition 1by David Blaazer
Pub. Date: 08/22/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This study explains why the British Labour Party's "left" supported the unsuccessful campaign for the formation of a "Popular Front" of the Labour, Liberal, and Communist parties in the late 1930s. The support of the Labour "left" for the campaign has often been seen as a result of Communist manipulation but here Dr. Blaazer explains it by reassessing a sixty-year period in the progressive tradition in British politics. He argues that the "left" emerged from that tradition, and that its support for a Popular Front was entirely consistent with the practice and ideas of British progressives.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Notes on the text; Introduction; 1. The progressive side of politics; 2. The colours of the rainbow; 3. Imperialism and war; 4. The pilgrims' progress; 5. Inside the left; 6. Fascism, unity, and loyalty: 1932–1937; 7. The Popular Front; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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