By Neil C. Rafeek
Throughout the first half the 20 th century, Glasgow used to be witness to an remarkable wave of operating category protest and political agitation. The protesters challenged the capitalist social order and in addition, every now and then, the country itself. What used to be the legacy of this turbulence and upheaval which strengthened Glasgow's popularity because the heart of operating category fight in Britain?In this unique and meticulously researched research, Neil Rafeek makes the 1st systematic examine of "Red Clydeside," the time period given to Communism, radical exertions and exchange Unionism in Scotland, a mythical phenomenon in British or even foreign hard work background. He makes a speciality of the position of girls within the Communist get together and describes women’s reports of assembly prime foreign personalities of the period: Khrushchev, Gagarin, Tereshkova, Castro and the Ceauescus. utilizing wealthy and evocative own testimony mixed with the author’s personal research, Rafeek indicates the idealistic socialist motivation in the back of the institution of "Red Clydeside" and the following starting to be lines and discord in Communism and the exertions circulate ordinarily, the world over and in Scotland.
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Extra info for Communist Women in Scotland: Red Clydeside from the Russian Revolution to the End of the Soviet Union (International Library of Political Studies)
79 For the first generation of communist women, the neighbourhood was their base. If the class war was obvious in a traditional industrial environment with workers pitched against management then these divisions were equally clear to communists BECOMING MILITANT 41 dealing with housing problems or fighting for amenities in their locality where poverty was often widespread. All the women interviewed who came into the party before the Second World War were active in the social sphere and it is important to recognize how much of their socialist activity was applied in this area.
Again, this is an important aspect that arguably would not have been revealed before 1991. Despite potential problems, oral testimony is crucial here because it not only supplements the archive material used, much of it previously inaccessible, but it also greatly supplants it. I have attempted to cover as many age groups and experiences in the party as possible. Therefore, ordinary branch activists, those who stayed within the confines of local activity, are included. Other variants are present.
17 The ILP was affiliated to the Labour Party and was the most politically dominant organization on the left. 18 The Proletarian Sunday School, a small offshoot that Tom Anderson, a dissident from the Socialist Sunday Schools, founded in Glasgow had little impact and did not survive long. 19 Anderson’s publication stressed the importance of equality and was farsighted in economic demands for women. ”, we even go further and 28 COMMUNIST WOMEN IN SCOTLAND 2. 1917. ’20. 24 The Proletarian Sunday School was run by Lawrence Storione’s daughter, Annie.
Communist Women in Scotland: Red Clydeside from the Russian Revolution to the End of the Soviet Union (International Library of Political Studies) by Neil C. Rafeek