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An Anti‐Fascist Alliance, 1934–42

Nicholas Owen

in The British Left and India: Metropolitan Anti-Imperialism, 1885-1947

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199233014
eISBN:
9780191716423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233014.003.0009
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter looks at the most successful effort to build an alliance of the kind described in the previous chapter: the anti-fascist alliance built by Jawaharlal Nehru and parts of the Labour left, ... More


The Communist Party of Great Britain

K. D. Ewing and C. A. Gearty

in The Struggle for Civil Liberties: Political Freedom and the Rule of Law in Britain, 1914-1945

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198762515
eISBN:
9780191695193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198762515.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter discusses the emergence of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), as well as the steps that were taken by the public authorities to suppress it. The discussion starts with an ... More


The Communist Party and the Labour Movement, 1920–1926

in The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237334
eISBN:
9781846313813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313813.006
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

In December 1920, J. T. Murphy returned to Britain after attending the Second Congress of the Comintern in Russia. While in London, he paid a visit to his ex-girlfriend Ethel Morris, who had been ... More


New Times, New Politics: The Collapse of the CPGB's Historical Narrative

Emily Robinson

in History, heritage and tradition in contemporary British politics: Past politics and present histories

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780719086311
eISBN:
9781781706138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719086311.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Of all the political traditions examined in this book, Marxism has the closest connection with the practice of history, its political analysis being explicitly based on a theory of historical ... More


The ‘New Line’, 1928–1932

in The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237334
eISBN:
9781846313813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313813.008
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

During J. T. Murphy's stay in Russia as the representative of on the Executive Committee of the Communist International, his relationship with the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) leadership, ... More


Towards Left Reformism, 1932–1936

in The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237334
eISBN:
9781846313813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313813.009
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

J. T. Murphy's strained relationship with the leadership of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) from the mid-1920s onwards was evident in a number of contentious issues. For example, Murphy ... More


Defending the realm: Labour ministers, vetting and subversion1

Daniel W. B. Lomas

in Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945-51: An Uneasy Relationship?

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099144
eISBN:
9781526120922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099144.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Chapter Six focuses on the Government response to Communism at home. Shaped by their wartime experiences of intelligence and security, it argues that the popular perception that Ministers were ... More


Understanding the formation of the Communist Party of Britain

Lawrence Parker

in Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526113658
eISBN:
9781526132451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113658.003.0015
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This article deals with the foundation of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB), a 1988 split from the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), which was overseen by a group around Tony Chater, whom ... More


The Comintern and Stalinism, 1926–1928

in The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237334
eISBN:
9781846313813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313813.007
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The role of the Comintern in Russia influenced the political development of J. T. Murphy and the Communist Party of Great Britain. In turn, the Comintern's role was dependent on the changing nature ... More


The decline of revolutionary pragmatism and the splintering of British communism in the 1980s

Jeremy Tranmer

in Labour united and divided from the 1830s to the present

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526126320
eISBN:
9781526138798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526126320.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The 1980s are often remembered as a period of divisions and splits in the Labour Party. However, it was not the only part of the British labour movement to experience this type of problem since the ... More


Popular Frontism and Re-appraisal, 1936–1965

in The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237334
eISBN:
9781846313813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313813.010
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

After he was expelled from the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), J. T. Murphy increasingly distanced himself from the working-class movement in Britain. As a member of the Socialist League's ... More


The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy

Ralph Darlington

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237334
eISBN:
9781846313813
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313813
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

J. T. Murphy was one of the most important worker-intellectual figures in the history of labour in early twentieth-century Britain. Using material from the Communist Party of Great Britain's archives ... More


Comrades in bondage trousers: how the Communist Party of Great Britain discovered punk rock

Matthew Worley

in Labour and Working-Class Lives: Essays To Celebrate the Life and Work of Chris Wrigley

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784995270
eISBN:
9781526128645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784995270.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

Matthew Worley’s essay on the Communist Party of Great Britain offers a fascinating insight into how the CPGB and the Young Communist League sought to engage with Punk at a time when the Party was ... More


Making miners militant?: The Communist Party of Great Britain in the National Union of Mineworkers, 1956–85

Sheryl Bernadette Buckley

in Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526113658
eISBN:
9781526132451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113658.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was a visible presence across many significant trade unions in the post-war period, largely due to its industrial strategy. The party envisaged that ... More


The British left’s attitude towards the Battle of Athens, December 1944–February 1945: commonalities and divisions

Anastasia Chartomatsidi

in Labour united and divided from the 1830s to the present

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526126320
eISBN:
9781526138798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526126320.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This chapter examines the wide range of discussions in British society sparked by the unprovoked shooting of unarmed civilians by the Greek police and British troops at Syntagma Square on 3 December ... More


‘We never trained our children to be socialists’: the next Lansbury generation and Labour politics, 1881–1951

John Shepherd

in Labour and Working-Class Lives: Essays To Celebrate the Life and Work of Chris Wrigley

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784995270
eISBN:
9781526128645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784995270.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

George Lansbury, the Leader of the Labour Party from 1932-1935, and his wife Bessie had twelve children – ten surviving into adulthood - many of whom played a significant role in the history of the ... More


Revolutionary vanguard or agent provocateur: Students and the far left on English university campuses, .1970–90

Jodi Burkett

in Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526113658
eISBN:
9781526132451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113658.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The far left were an important force on English University and Polytechnic campuses in the 1970s and 1980s but they did not control or direct student politics. By exploring the debates within the far ... More


Worlds of possibilities: 1946–1955

John Williamson and Martin Cloonan

in Players' work time: A history of the British Musicians' Union, 1893â2013

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781784991326
eISBN:
9781526120786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784991326.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter examines the development of the music industries (including broadcasting) and the MU in the ten years post 1945. A 1946 survey of musicians is reported. The working practices of ... More


‘A state of confusion which at times amounted almost to chaos’: MI5 1939–41

Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

in A matter of intelligence: MI5 and the surveillance of anti-Nazi refugees, 1933-50

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719090790
eISBN:
9781781707357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719090790.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter deals with MI5's problems in the years 1939-41. According to its own internal history, written in 1946 by John Curry, MI5 was ‘in a state of confusion amounting almost to chaos’ for most ... More


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