Opening the Books

Opening the Books : Essays on the Cultural and Social History of the British Communist Party

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This work serves as an introduction to, and an overview of, key issues and themes in the history of the Communist Party in Britain, and an assessment of the CP's changing historiography, particularly in view of the availability of previously inaccessible archives. Thirteen contributors examine particular aspects of the party's history from the early Comintern period, to the events in Hungary in 1956 and the Eurocommunism and cultural politics of recent years. The scope of the book is deliberately broad, covering not only the more conventional aspects of CP participation in the labour movement, but also the broader cultural influence of the party on writers, artists, scholars, activists and opinion-formers at various stages in its history.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 369g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745308724
  • 9780745308722
  • 2,311,610

Table of contents

The communists and the colonies - anti-imperialism between the wars, John Callaghan; "divisions in the movement" - the National umemployment workers movement and its rivals in comparative perspective, Richard Croucher; the Communist Party and the Scottish coalfield - 1913-38, Alan Campbell; women and communism - a case study of the Lancashire weavers in the depression, Sue Bruley; authors take sides - writers and the Communist Party - 1920-56, Andy Croft; the Communist Party and the trade unions - 1926-56, Nina Fishman; sidestepping the contradictions - the Communist Party, Jewish communists and Zionism - 1935-48, Henry Srebrnik; the Communist Party and the Daily Worker - 1930-56, Kevin Morgan; the Communist Party, production and Britain's post-war settlement, James Hinton; West Africans and the Communist Party in the 1950s, Hakim Adi; communisnm and the New Left, Mike Kenny; sex 'n drugs 'n rock 'n roll (and communism) in the 1960s, Mike Waite; young turks and old guard - intellectuals and the Communist Party in the 1970s, Geoff Andrews.
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