Two Steps Back: Communists and the Wider Labour Movement 1935-1945

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The book outlines a critical history of the British Communist Party and the Left. It focuses on the relations of the CP with the wider labour movement. British Marxism failed to carry on a dialogue with mass labour organisations. Unions did not desert the Labour Party because there was no credible left alternative in the period examined. Why was this so? What was on offer? The authors conclude that more often than not, and especially in times of crisis and radicalisation, the Communist Party stood on the right of the labour movement, they sketch a history of Trotskyism developing out of these critical perspectives.

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Author Bornstein, Sam & Richardson, Al
Binding Paperback
No. of Pages 143
Publisher Merlin
Date of Publication 2007
ISBN 9780850365993

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