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British Communism at Home and Abroad, 1883-1991

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Introduction

Communism was one of the defining political and economic ideologies of the 20th century. This series charts its rise and fall through the eyes of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), allowing scholars to study how communist leaders and activists tried to influence, and were in turn influenced by, events and opinion both at home and abroad. 

According to Professor Kevin Morgan of the University of Manchester, the party's archive is "one of the outstanding national collections for the political history of the British left." 

Commencing in the late 19th century, this series explores the early activities of the labour movement, which led to the formation of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) in 1920. From that point, the series traces the numerous activities of the party's leading bodies through meticulously preserved notes taken at meetings by leading party officials. In addition, there are extensive records of central departments such as the Industrial Department, which dealt with the trade union activities, and the International Department, which maintained links with communist parties overseas.

Dates Covered

1883-1994

Contributors

  • Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain

Collections

Licensed to access British Communism in Campaigns and Events, 1947-1991

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 1 Volumes, 7 Documents (824 Pages)
This collection contains documents relating to discrete campaigns and events organised by the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) during...

Licensed to access British Communism through Committee Work, 1926-1992

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 12 Volumes, 31 Documents (5,098 Pages)
The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) spawned many different committees throughout its turbulent lifetime. This collection contains the papers...

Licensed to access Communism and Popular Culture in the 20th Century

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 18 Volumes, 155 Documents (26,538 Pages)
Ivor Montagu (1904-1984) was best known for his work as a filmmaker, scriptwriter, and producer. He was also a trained...

Licensed to access Communism, Culture and Society in the 20th Century

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 23 Volumes, 145 Documents (20,108 Pages)
This collection contains documents compiled by the Communist Party of Great Britain’s (CPGB) National Cultural Committee. The National Cultural Committee...
Worker and Kolkhoz Woman monument, Moscow, modern-day Russia

Licensed to access Communisms and the Cold War, 1944-1986

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 10 Volumes, 178 Documents (14,393 Pages)
This collection contains reports and other records compiled by the Communist Party of Great Britain's (CPGB) International Department between 1944 and...
Statue of Marx and Engels.

Licensed to access Debate and Division on the British Left, 1917-1964

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 3 Volumes, 12 Documents (1,220 Pages)
John Thomas (J.T.) Murphy and Molly Murphy (née Morris) were a married couple who were prominent members of the Communist Party...

Licensed to access Gender, Feminism, and the British Left, 1944-1991

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 9 Volumes, 38 Documents (6,247 Pages)
This collection contains records compiled by the Communist Party of Great Britain's (CPGB) Women's Department during the period 1944-1991. These...

Licensed to access Marxist History and Historians in the 20th Century

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 8 Volumes, 57 Documents (11,218 Pages)
Dona Ruth Anne Torr (1883-1957) was a Marxist historian, translator and activist. Despite being born into an aristocratic family, Torr...

Licensed to access Policymaking and Revolutionary Politics, 1924-1991

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 48 Volumes, 418 Documents (22,348 Pages)
The Political Committee of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was a subsidiary of the Executive Committee. It was...

Licensed to access Science and Marxism, 1956-1985

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 5 Volumes, 27 Documents (3,782 Pages)
William Wainwright (1908-2000) was a British communist activist and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). During his...

Licensed to access Trade Unions in Crisis: the 1961 ETU Ballot-Rigging Scandal

Contributor: Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain Contents: 1 Volumes, 40 Documents (2,787 Pages)
The ETU ballot-rigging trial was a case brought to the High Court by prominent union members John Thomas Byrne and...
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