TITLE

CPGB HISTORY AT THE CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY: A REJOINDER TO ALAN CAMPBELL AND JOHN MCILROY

AUTHOR(S)
Fishman, Nina
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Dec2004, Vol. 69 Issue 3, p381
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). Campbell and McIlroy have produced an arid scholasticist critique of the CPGB historiography. Notably, their commentary does not deal with the thoughtful discussion of this categorization at the Centre for Contemporary British History seminar on CPGB history in February 2002. Campbell and McIlroy's attack makes the same point as Kevin Morgan made in his article in the issue of Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts fur Soziale Bewegungen edited by Stefan Berger. All three state that there are no historians who disagree about the fundamental influence of the Comintern on its affiliates. Campbell and McIlroy, however, evade the logical concomitant of this verity, thereby proving the usefulness of the categorization. If there is no disgreement about the fundamentals, only the degree, extent and pervasiveness, then there should be examples where Campbell and McIlroy are persuaded that Moscow's influence was minor and unimportant. There is also a debate on the evidence that Moscow played a decisive influence on CPGB activists' conduct inside trade unions.
ACCESSION #
15888177

 

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