Histories of the British Communist Party: a user's guide

McIlroy, John and Campbell, Alan (2003) Histories of the British Communist Party: a user's guide. Labour History Review, 68 (1) . pp. 33-59. ISSN 0961-5652 [Article] (doi:10.3828/lhr.68.1.33)


The British Communist Party continues to attract the attention of historians who have produced divergent assessments of its politics, organization, personnel and activities. This article critically reviews the literature: the concentration is on detailed studies which have appeared since the 1980s. It scrutinizes the apologetic literature produced by party historians prior to, and in response to, the critical studies which appeared from the late 1950s. It explores this pioneering academic work, now too frequently discounted, before addressing recent research often informed by reaction against it. The paper concludes that this revisionist approach tends to diminish the crucial Russian dimension to Communist politics and neglects the decisive, primary, strategic control Moscow exercised and the distinctiveness of the party in British politics.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 20391
Depositing User: John Mcilroy
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20391

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