For Socialist Revolution or National Liberation? Anti-Colonialism and the Communist Parties of Great Britain, Australia and South Africa in the Era of Decolonisation

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Abstract

In 1950, the discussion journal of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), Communist Review, published a statement by the Communist Party of India (CPI) on the changing world situation. Adapted from an editorial of the Communist Information Bureau’s (Cominform) For A Lasting Peace, For A People’s Democracy, the CPI statement outlined the
five factors that seemed to present new opportunities for the international Communist movement (viewed through the lens of high Stalinism), now tied up in the Cold War and the decolonisation process:
1. The Great October Socialist Revolution, the victory of Socialism in the U.S.S.R. and the Lenin–Stalin national policy which turned the former oppressed peoples into equal Socialist nations.
2. Victorious people’s liberation war led by the U.S.S.R. against fascism, the defeat of German and Japanese imperialism, and the weakening of such colonial powers as Britain, France, Italy, Holland and Belgium.
3. The establishment of People’s Democratic power in the countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe.
4. The resolute struggle of the democratic camp head by the U.S.S.R. against Britain and American imperialism – the main oppressors of the freedom of the colonial peoples.
5. The world-historic victory of the Chinese people over the combined forces of the reactionary Koumintang and American imperialism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkers of the Empire, Unite
Subtitle of host publicationRadical and Popular Challenges to British Imperialism, 1910s to 1960s
EditorsNeville Kirk, Yann Béliard
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Chapter9
Pages249-271
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-800-85871-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-800-85968-5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameStudies in Labour History
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Volume15

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