A major study of the Communist party of Great Britain between the wars, when it adopted the military strategy of class against class, in its struggle to be the effective alternative to both the Labour Party and the TUC. This revisionary study, based on newly-discovered material in the Manchester archive of the Communist Party, shows that far from losing influence and being driven to the brink of collapse, the CPGB then consolidated its position, led national hunger marches and organized social and cultural events, while membership grew and the party developed as an effective and valued body in the pantheon of leftwing British politics.
Matthew Worley is Lecturer in History at the University of Reading.
Introduction: Towards the Third Period Shifting Sands: The Communist Party and the Third Period in Context Communists Under Fire: The Need for Change? A New Line for a New Period Comrade Against Comrade: The CPGB in Crisis Now For Action: The Party at Work I Forging a Communist Culture: The Party at Work II Excesses, Ambiguities, Reappraisal Crisis and Insurgence: The Third Period Justifiedr Conclusion: The Third Period Reassessed