TITLE

IS CPGB HISTORY IMPORTANT? A REPLY TO HARRIET JONES

AUTHOR(S)
Campbell, Alan; McIlroy, John
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Dec2003, Vol. 68 Issue 3, p385
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a reply to a paper by Harriet Jones, director of the Institute of Contemporary British History, which deals with the history of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). The basis of Jones's report is the propagation of categorizations of British Communist historiography asserted by Fishman in the 'Communist History Network Newsletter.' Despite the shortcomings of the paper, Jones employs Fishman's concoction of unevidenced assertion and intuition as the shaky chassis on which to construct her own first foray into Communist historiography. Jones eschews the convention of a reference to indicate whom she considers adopted such a view and where. Few historians would attempt to explicitly deny that a mass of evidence sustains the view that the primary determinant of the policy of the CPGB was always the Russian party. For historians, it is axiomatic that every major shift in CPGB policy emanated from Moscow. And Jones is in agreement with these historians.
ACCESSION #
11801357

 

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