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The History of the Communist Part Volume 6

1964-1991 End Games and New Times

Geoff Andrews

This is the final volume the history of the British Communist Party, covering the debates of the last years of the party: a period of accelerated change, reassessment and ultimately dissolution. The book begins by situating the CPGB within the major social and cultural changes of the 1960s, and documents the hopes for renewal that were symbolised by the new social movements associated with May 68, and the Prague Spring. It ends with the collapse of the party and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The book covers the Young Communist League’s engagement with popular culture in the 1960s; the influence of the new social movements, especially feminism; the party’s strong presence in the trade unions; CPGB relations with the Labour Party and labour movement; the increasing influence of Gramsci and Euro-communism within the party..

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The History of the Communist Party of Great Britain Volume 1

1919-1924 Formation and Early Years

James Klugmann

This first volume of the History of the Communist Party of Great Britain covers the early 1920s: the wave of post-war militancy, the negotiations between Marxist groups which led to the formation of the Communist Party, details of the Party's early organisation and political policies and the coming into office and the fall of the First Labour Government.

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The History of the Communist Party of Great Britain Volume 2

1925-1926 The General Strike

James Klugmann

This second volume of the History of the Communist Party of Great Britain covers the years of the General Strike. It includes a detailed examination of the policies, successes and failings of Communists and the militant left generally

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The History of the Communist Party of Great Britain Volume 3

1927-1941 Class Against Class and Popular Front

Noreen Branson

Volume three of the History of the Communist Party of Great Britain covers some of the most turbulent years of the twentieth century, spanning a crucial period between the bitter aftermath of the General Strike and the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union.

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The History of the Communist Party of Great Britain Volume 4

1941-51 Second World War and Cold War

Noreen Branson

Volume four of the History of the Communist Party of Great Britain covers the decade from 1941 to 1951. It begins with the renewal of popular front politics which followed Russia's entry into the Second World War and documents the activities of this popular front from 1941 to 1946. It also examines the Labour governments of 1945 to 1951 and their relationship with the Communist Party. Branson analyses the breakdown of relations between the Communist Party and the Labour Party and the book concludes with an exploration of the entrenchment of the cold war and the electoral defeat of the Labour Party

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The History of the Communist Party of Great Britain Volume 5

1951-68 1956 and its aftermath

John Callaghan

This fifth volume of the comprehensive history of the British Communist Party in the twentieth century covers the period from 1951 to 1968. The cold war was at its most intense during this period, and it was also the time of the dramas of 1956:- Khrushchev's critique of Stalin, the Hungarian uprising and the Suez crisis. The books examines the radicalism of the 1960s and explores the impact of the events of May 1968 on the Communist Party. Topics covered include: the nature of the Party and its Soviet 'ecology'; its responses to the events of 1956; its involvement in anti-colonial struggles; its positions on international and economic issues and perspectives on class struggle; its relationship with the Labour Party and the trade unions; and the forces for change in the Party in the 1960s. John Callaghan's book differs from previous volumes in this series in a number of ways: it was written after the demise of the Soviet Union and the Party, and the author therefore had much better access to archives and the views of former party members. In addition, it is organised thematically rather than chronologically, and is written from a more critical position than previous titles in the series. It shares with its predecessors, however, the idea that a history of the CPGB has some importance, not least for the light it casts on some of the key issues of the twentieth century.

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History on Our Side

Wales and the 1984-85 Miners' Strike

by Hywel Francis

The film Pride has reignited interest in the struggles of the miners in the South Wales valleys in the strike of 1984-5. A new chapter in this re-issued book shows why the Welsh miners were in a unique position to forge an alliance with Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners Group. Hywel Francis, MP for Aberavon, as a historian and active participant in the strike, had a unique insight into the way in which the struggles for jobs and communities broadened out to become a powerful national movement in Wales, involving trade unions, political parties, churches and the local communities, the Welsh Language Society, peace and women’s support groups, as well as their lesbian and gay supporters. This very personal history, which explains why the South Wales valleys were the strongest and most loyal of all the British coalfields, is based on the author’s personal diaries, and his articles and essays in a number of Welsh and British journals. It tells the story of the individual and collective courage and pain of Welsh miners, their families and their communities – and is an important contribution to our understanding of a defining moment in modern Welsh history

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Identity

Community, Culture, Difference

Edited by Jonathan Rutherford

This collection of essays points to ways in which notions of identity can inform changing conceptions of democratic politics. Categories of identity - gender, race, class and sexuality - are re-examined to allow a move away from a fixed moralistic approach to identity politics, towards a recognition of difference, autonomy and interdependence. Contributors include Homi Bhabha, Stuart Hall, Kobena Mercer, Pratibha Parmar, Jonathan Rutherford, Andrea Stuart, Simon Watney and Jeffrey Weeks.

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Ideology, Absolutism and the English Revolution

Debates of the British Communist Historians 1940-1956

Edited and introduced by David Parker

This book offers a fascinating insight into some of the early debates inside the History Group of the Communist Party of Great Britain, whose members included Christopher Hill, Rodney Hilton and Eric Hobsbawm – these people made an outstanding contribution to historical studies. The debates they initiated formed the theoretical basis for academic research that is still continuing, in particular the work on the nature of English civil war and revolution in the seventeenth century, and on the development of capitalism in Britain. This book focuses on the debates of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century section of the group and their work on ideology and absolutism. It reproduces original documentary material - single contributions, reports and minutes - from the debates, and also includes an informative introductory essay as well as useful notes and appendices.

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Ireland Her Own

Thomas.A.Jackson

This book tells the history of eight hundred years of the Irish people’s struggle for freedom. It takes us from the arrival of English settlers in the Middle ages up to the present –the struggle in the words of James Fintan Lalor, to make ‘Ireland her own, and all therein, from the sod to the sky’. The author describes this book as ‘An Outline History of the Irish struggle for National Freedom and Independence’, but it is much more than that. As an ‘Outline History’ it has no equal, and for several reasons. In the first place this is the only book in which, right from the beginning and throughout its pages, economic factors are placed in context with the political. Whilst many historians have written of this long struggle with pride and emotion, none has produced anything so effective as this memorable account taking in aspects of Irish social, economic and political history. The book describes the conquest and the first steps taken by England towards Empire in the twelfth century and brings the reader up to the partition of Ireland in the early 1920s. C. Desmond Greaves’ concluding chapter on the events from the then to the civil rights movement of the late 1960s and the start of ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. The book is not only a clearly and vigorously written history, but also a guide to the history of imperialism in general and an invaluable handbook for students of politics

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