During the first half of the twentieth century, Glasgow was witness to an unparalleled wave of working class protest and political agitation. The protesters challenged the capitalist social order and also, on occasion, the state itself. What was the legacy of this turbulence and upheaval which reinforced Glasgow's reputation as the center of working class struggle in Britain?
In this original and meticulously researched analysis, Neil Rafeek makes the first systematic study of "Red Clydeside," the term given to Communism, radical Labor and trade Unionism in Scotland, a legendary phenomenon in British and even international labor history. He focuses on the role of women in the Communist Party and describes women’s experiences of meeting leading international personalities of the era: Khrushchev, Gagarin, Tereshkova, Castro and the Ceauescus. Using rich and evocative personal testimony blended with the author’s own analysis, Rafeek shows the idealistic socialist motivation behind the establishment of "Red Clydeside" and the subsequent growing strains and discord in Communism and the labor movement generally, internationally and in Scotland.
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About the Author
Neil Rafeek was one of Scotland's foremost oral historians. He was lecturer in History at the Scottish Oral History Center until his death in 2006.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vi
Acronyms and Abbreviations vii
Preface and Acknowledgements ix
Introduction: Where are Women in Communist Party History? 1
Becoming a Militant: Socialist Politicization from Childhood, 1914-44 25
The Experience of Women Activists in the Party Structure, 1945-60 55
Sacrifice and Advance: The Scottish Women's Advisory Committee and Women's Sections, 1947-69 87
Solidarity with the Socialist World: The Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, 1917-64 122
Proud, Radical and Optimistic in a Changing World: The 1960s Generation, 1960-76 154
Open Discord, Internal Division and Permanent Decline, 1977-91 192
Integral to the Cause: A Woman's Place in the Communist Party in Scotland 226
Interview Dates and Interview Lengths 234
Age Gradient 236
Communist Party of Great Britain in Scotland 237
Women on the Scottish Committee of the Communist Party, 1943-91 238
World Youth Festivals 241
Those who Visited the Socialist Countries 242