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The British far left from 1956
Editors: Evan Smith and Matthew Worley

This book explores the role of the far left in British history from the mid-1950s until the present. It highlights the impact made by the far left on British politics and society. The book first looks at particular strands of the far left in Britain since the 1950s. It then looks at various issues and social movements such as Trotskyism, anti-revisionism and anarchism, that the left engaged (or did not engage) with, such as women's liberation, gay liberation, anti-colonialism, anti-racism and anti-fascism. The book focuses on how the wider British left, in the Labour Party and amongst the intelligentsia, encountered Trotskyism between the 1930s and 1960s. The Socialist Party (SP) and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) traditions have proven to be the most durable and high profile of all of Britain's competing Trotskyist tendencies. Their opponents in the International Marxist Group and the Socialist Labour League/Workers' Revolutionary Party (SLL/WRP) each met limited success and influence in the labour movement and wider social movements. The SWP and Militant/SP outlived the 'official' Communist Party of Great Britain and from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present day have continued to influence labour movement and wider politics, albeit episodically. The book is concerned with providing an overview of their development, dating from the end of the Second World War to the onset of the 2009 economic crisis.

The CPGB’s ‘anti-revisionists’ in the 1960s and 1970s
Lawrence Parker

dead end. The first part of this chapter looks at the evolution of the pro-Soviet CPGB opposition of the 1960s and 1970s, and the debilitating effect of the inconsistent narrative of ‘anti-revisionism’. The second part considers the disastrous impact that the Stalinised version of ‘Leninism’ had on the pro-Chinese CPGB ­oppositionists of the 1960s. Roots of rebellion The roots of the CPGB’s pro-Soviet and pro-Chinese ‘anti-revisionist’ groupings of the 1960s and 1970s were in the reaction to the party’s political line in the latter stages of the Second World War, and

in Against the grain
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The far left in Britain from 1956
Evan Smith and Matthew Worley

of the Liaison Committee for the Defence of Trade Unions that played such an influential role in the campaigns against Harold Wilson’s industrial relations reforms between 1966 and 1969. Even so, the CPGB’s shift towards a parliamentary road to socialism and ‘broad left alliance’ disappointed some in the party who sought inspiration in the Chinese Communist Party’s promotion of anti-revisionism. Thus, Britain’s first Maoist group was formed by Michael McCreery in 1961: the Committee to Defeat Revisionism for Communist Unity (CDRCU). In 1963, the CDRCU formally

in Against the grain
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Evan Smith and Matthew Worley

disciplines, using a number of historical practices and theories. As well as a widening scholarship, the study of the British far left has also been lifted by the new sources that have been made available to researchers, particularly those that have been put online. The US-based Marxist Internet Archive (MIA) has greatly expanded the texts available, with transcriptions or scans of many Marxist publications from across the world, but primarily the US and the UK. The MIA’s two sub-sites, the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism Online and the Encyclopaedia of Anti-Revisionism Online

in Waiting for the revolution
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Amiri Baraka and Marxism-Leninism in the 1970s
David Grundy

Press, 2008), 97–154; Mae Ngai, ‘Democracy, Self-Determination, and Revolution: Baraka’s Communist Writings in the 80s’ in Haki Madhubuti, Michael Simanga, Sonia Sanchez, and Woodie King Jr with Gwendolyn Mitchell (eds), Brilliant Flame! Amiri Baraka: Poetry, Plays & Politics for the People (Chicago, IL: Third World Press, 2018), 428–438; Paul Saba (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Anti-Revisionism Online . , (accessed 3 August 2021); and Unity Archive

in Revolutionary lives of the Red and Black Atlantic since 1917
Fergus Campbell

to be determined to seek out truth in so far as that was reachable and to be honest to the evidence that I found, and to be wary of tailoring versions of the past to interests in the present whatever they might be. When I first felt that I had to select my position on the revisionist debate, then, in the early 1990s, I decided that there were fewer problems with revisionism than there were with anti-revisionism. However, this was a difficult decision for me. I did feel then that there was a general tone in what was regarded as revisionist history that was

in Land questions in modern Ireland