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Title Opening the books : essays on the social and cultural history of British communism / edited by Geoff Andrews, Nina Fishman and Kevin Morgan.

Published London ; Boulder, Colo. : Pluto Press, 1995.


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 UniM Bail  320.5320941 OPEN    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 275 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 260-262).
Contents 1. The Communists and the Colonies: Anti-imperialism between the Wars / John Callaghan -- 2. 'Divisions in the Movement': the National Unemployed Workers' Movement and its Rivals in Comparative Perspective / Richard Croucher -- 3. The Communist Party in the Scots Coalfields in the Inter-war Period / Alan Campbell -- 4. Women and Communism: a Case Study of the Lancashire Weavers in the Depression / Sue Bruley -- 5. Authors Take Sides: Writers and the Communist Party 1920-56 / Andy Croft -- 6. No Home but the Trade Union Movement: Communist Activists and 'Reformist' Leaders 1926-56 / Nina Fishman -- 7. Sidestepping the Contradictions: the Communist Party, Jewish Communists and Zionism 1935-48 / Henry Srebrnik -- 8. The Communist Party and the Daily Worker 1930-56 / Kevin Morgan -- 9. The Communist Party, Production and Britain's Post-war Settlement / James Hinton -- 10. West Africans and the Communist Party in the 1950s / Hakim Adi.
11. Communism and the New Left / Michael Kenny -- 12. Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll (and Communism) in the 1960s / Mike Waite -- 13. Young Turks and Old Guard: Intellectuals and the Communist Party Leadership in the 1970s / Geoff Andrews -- Afterword / Eric Hobsbawm.
Summary 'This collection is a real achievement and sets a new standard which other historians of the left will need to match' Nick Tiratsoo, New Times'Serious students of British communist history will be glad to have [Opening the Books] on their shelves' Peter Fryer, Workers Press'This book could be of value as a source for some aspects of the early history of the CPGB' Morning StarA judicous blending of praise and blame. Sue Bradley is very interesting on the Lancashire women who made up the majority of the county's over half a million cotton workers. Nina Fishman is equally good on the 1926-56 trade union movement as a whole. Mike Waite adds a well-informed study of the dubious youth culture of the 1960's. But the CP, Eric Hobsbawn emphasizes in a postscript to Opening the Books, was a far from negligible force, and ought not to be forgotten. History Today, Dec '95
Other author Andrews, Geoff, 1961-
Fishman, Nina.
Morgan, Kevin, 1961-
Subject Communist Party of Great Britain -- History.
Communism -- Great Britain -- History.
ISBN 0745308716
0745308724 (paperback)