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British Communism at Home and Abroad, 1883-1991

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The Archives of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) Trial Series

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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.

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  • Archive Trust of the Communist Party of Great Britain


Worker and Kolkhoz Woman monument, Moscow, modern-day Russia

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

Records of the Communist Party of Great Britain's International Department, International Committee, and external relations
This collection contains reports and other records compiled by the...

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

Records of the Communist Party of Great Britain's Women's Department
This collection contains records compiled by the Communist Party of...
Statue of Marx and Engels.

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

The J.T. and Molly Murphy Papers
John Thomas (J.T.) Murphy and Molly Murphy (née Morris) were a...

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

ETU ballot-rigging trial proceedings
The ETU ballot-rigging trial was a case brought to the...

Licensed to access Science and Marxism, 1956-1985

The William Wainwright Papers
William Wainwright (1908-2000) was a British communist activist and member...

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

The Dona Torr Papers, 1883-1957
Dona Ruth Anne Torr (1883-1957) was a Marxist historian, translator...

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

Records detailing Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) campaigns and events
This collection contains documents relating to discrete campaigns and events...
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