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The British far left and the third world, 1956–79
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The 'third world' was short-lived, rising and falling within a single human lifespan. But for a couple of decades the 'third world' was a major source of inspiration to the British far left. Until 1956, the British far left were dominated by the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), which based its view of the world on Moscow's foreign policy. The Vietnam Solidarity Campaign (VSC) was central to the reshaping of the British far left. The rise of the New Left was closely linked to the growth of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). The original New Left Review (NLR) was an eclectic journal reflecting various tendencies in the emerging new left. An impetus to third worldism came with the open and public break between Russia and China in 1963. British Maoism originated with Michael McCreery's Committee to Defeat Revisionism and for Communist Unity (CDRCU).

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