Documents how the rift between Stalin and Trotsky resounded in Britain. Draws on interviews with many protagonists, published documents and private correspondence of the period.
It charts the history of Trotskyism in Britain from the first echoes of the Stalin-Trotsky faction fight, through to the emergence of the Fourth International in 1938.
The authors aim to clarify the historical and theoretical background to the tactics adopted by the Trotskyist faction and to explain the evolution of the movement.
They descibe attempts to influence the mainstream British labour movement and present their picture 'warts and all', irrespective of orthodoxies, whether left or right.
It draws on interviews with many protagonists and research among the published documents and private correspondence of the period.