TITLE

ECHOES FROM THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY: A REPLY TO ALAN CAMPBELL AND JOHN MCILROY

AUTHOR(S)
Worley, Matthew
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Dec2004, Vol. 69 Issue 3, p367
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a reply to an editorial by Alan Campbell and John McIlroy on the history of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). Since the advent of Glasnost, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the CPGB, writing on British communism has emerged from beneath the shadow of the Cold War and, as importantly, from the marginal debating cells of left wing politics. A new, more objective and inquisitive historiography has developed, one not shackled by either political dogma or overt cultural-political preconceptions. With regard to Britain, it means that the CPGB must be condemned because the revolution depends upon it. Even the Trotskyist historian Bryan Palmer has suggested that McIlroy, to whom he is likely to be closely associated, betrays a kind of Stalinophobia in which hostility could cloud judgement and which can lead to an abandonment of the Bolshevik baby thrown out with the bath water of Comintern bureaucratism and Stalinization. The CPGB was committed loyally to both and adhered to a political and ideological worldview shaped and directed from Moscow. The author claims that no matter how much the Comintern and Stalin wanted complete control over communist parties and members throughout the world, their policies, theories and orders had to be interpreted by an enormous number of people, in a variety of circumstances.
ACCESSION #
15888175

 

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