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- File Size: 1000 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Publisher: Aaaargh! Press (22 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EX9FBGC
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Moscow Gold? The Soviet Union and the British left Kindle Edition
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The Nazi-Soviet Pact temporarily dampened this enthusiasm, but with the Nazi invasion of the USSR in 1941, and Stalin joining the Allies, this enthusiasm soon returned, with gusto. This enthusiasm was at its peak in the 1945 election, with a landslide Labour victory on a manifesto of hard-line socialist transformation. The Communist Party itself even had MPs elected, largely due to the lionised image of communism the Soviet defeat of the Nazis had given it. This was however to soon change.
As the years went on, this began to change. The Soviet rigging of Eastern European post-war elections, its ruthless crushing of the Hungarian uprising and later the Prague Spring deflated the general public's image of the USSR, the left in general and communism in particular. For the Labour Party, the rest of the Cold War would be marked by Labour MPs who rejected the Soviets (such as Michael Foot), to some who had a worrying tendency to side-step its brutality with a fawning remark about is welfare system. The book also details the unrepentant 'fellow travellers', hardliners whose uncritical, canine-like obedience to the Moscow line came to dominate the most notorious elements of the British left.
In short, this book is a good overview for anyone interested in the British left.
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I bought this because I thought I ought to know more about this. I wasn't expecting it to be as readable though. Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. L. EVANS
Excellent book detailing links between Moscow and the CP. Authors clearly know their way about the far left and write with excellent knowledge on the subject. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jack Fate
Written with a light touch, well researched and refreshingly opinionated. Could be a good beginner's guide to the British Left.Published 17 months ago by Timothy M Sharp