Marching separately, seldom together
The political history of two principal trends in British Trotskyism, 1945–2009
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This chapter is concerned with providing an overview of Trotskyism development, dating from the end of the Second World War to the onset of the 2009 economic crisis. The convergence of perspectives with the Socialist Party (SP) and a host of smaller revolutionary groups saw the main trends of British Trotskyism briefly unite for the first time since 1949. The SP generally eschewed realignment projects despite being formally committed to building a broad new working-class party to the left of Labour. The discipline of entry work allowed Militant activists to capture party structures and used them as leverage to open up more of the 'host' to their influence. By adapting itself with some success to the political conditions of post-war working-class politics, it built itself up as a distinctive Trotskyist brand that became something of a household name.

Against the grain

The British far left from 1956

Editors: Evan Smith and Matthew Worley

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