British Communism and the Politics of Race explores the role that the Communist Party of Great Britain played within the anti-racism movement in Britain from the 1940s to the 1980s. As one of the first organizations to undertake serious anti-colonial and anti-racist activism within the British labour movement, the CPGB was a pioneering force that campaigned against racial discrimination, popular imperialism and fascist violence in British society.
The years of the long post-war boom, 1945-70, have been seen as the ‘Golden Age of social democracy’. Yet even during this quarter century Labour and social-democratic parties were more often in opposition rather than government. Only in Scandinavia did social democracy achieve – for a time – a predominant position. Read on ...
First shown 2pm Saturday 12 June
Online talk hosted by the Socialist History Society
Speaker David Margolies
About the speaker:
David Margolies was a member of the collective responsible for the journal Red Letters, published from 1976 to 1991
He is Emeritus Professor of English at Goldsmiths, University of London. Read on ...