Historiography of British Communism

Henry Pelling
1958, anti-communist biased work, argued for CPGB being revolutionary organisation aiming to destruct democracy, puppet of Soviet Union
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Robert Black
1970, denounced CPBG as a counter-revolutionary organisation intent on blunting class struggle
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Hobsbawm, Morton and Simon
Examples of party histories written by former and current members, part of Historians Group formed 1964. Still bound to Soviet orthodoxy but also tried to give voice to ordinary working people and show the primacy of Marxism in W/C history.
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James Klugman
1980, party intellectual trusted to write history of party but aimed to be partisan and rooted party in British W/C tradition. International's impact on party ignored.
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Kevin Morgan
1993, argued for a broad tradition of left co-operation in Britain and CPGB formed from fissiparous Marxist groupings in Britain, policies tailored to fit British circumstances.
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Nina Fishman
1995, focus on CPGB and trade unionism. CPGB adapted policies for pragmatism and argued there was a overlapping of Communists and trade unionists.
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Andrew Thorpe and Matthew Worley
1998, 1999, 2000. post-revisionist historians who consider both Russia's influence on CPGB and their own autonomy. Local environments in Britain very influential in transition from theory to practice.
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1970, denounced CPBG as a counter-revolutionary organisation intent on blunting class struggle

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Robert Black

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Examples of party histories written by former and current members, part of Historians Group formed 1964. Still bound to Soviet orthodoxy but also tried to give voice to ordinary working people and show the primacy of Marxism in W/C history.

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1980, party intellectual trusted to write history of party but aimed to be partisan and rooted party in British W/C tradition. International's impact on party ignored.

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1993, argued for a broad tradition of left co-operation in Britain and CPGB formed from fissiparous Marxist groupings in Britain, policies tailored to fit British circumstances.

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