Indian Communists and Trade Unionists on Trial: The Meerut Conspiracy, 1929-1933

Volumes

4 volumes in Indian Communists and Trade Unionists on Trial: The Meerut Conspiracy, 1929-1933

Selected India Office Records

The following documents, drawn chiefly from the IOR/L/PJ/12 series held at the British Library, illustrate the establishment's reaction to both the Meerut trial as well as its general awareness, and indeed perceived fear, of the growing influence of the Communist International (Comintern) in India. Many papers here, extracted from the...

  • Contributor:  British Library
  • Reference:  72696a
  • Keyword:  indian british colonial politics unions

Ben Bradley papers

Benjamin Francis Bradley (1898-1957) was a communist metalworker, born in Walthamstow, who was sent to India to promote militant trade unionism in 1927 and sentenced in the Meerut Conspiracy Trial five years later. Bradley's papers are an indispensable source for the episode and include extensive prison correspondence, documents from the...

  • Contributor:  Labour History Archive & Study Centre
  • Reference:  72696b
  • Keyword:  indian british colonial politics unions

Selected files from the William Gillies papers

William Gillies (1885-1958) was the first International Secretary of the Labour Party between 1920 and 1944. These selected files, housed at the Labour History Archive & Study Centre, Manchester, offer a unique window into the national, and largely negative, reaction to the arrest and sentencing of the Meerut prisoners. Split...

  • Contributor:  Labour History Archive & Study Centre
  • Reference:  72696c
  • Keyword:  indian british colonial politics unions

Miscellaneous books and pamphlets relating to the trial

The material here offers analytical and autobiographical accounts of some of the chief accused in the Meerut trial, namely Philip Spratt and Lester Hutchinson. There are also a plethora of pamphlets and other material in support of the prisoners from following arrest in 1929 to conviction in 1933. Drawn from...

  • Contributor:  LHASC; WCML
  • Reference:  72696d
  • Keyword:  indian british colonial politics unions
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