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"Nina Ponomareva's Hats": The New Revisionism, the Communist International, and the Communist Party of Great Britain, 1920-1930

Document type Article
Author Mcllroy, John
Author Campbell, Alan
Journal Labour / Le Travail
Volume 49
Date 2002 Spring
ISSN 0700-3862
Pages 147-187


Reviews the historiography, both traditional and revisionist, of the relationship between the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) and the Comintern during the first few years of the CPGB's existence and presents a strong critique of the latter. Archival material made available since the end of the Cold War confirms the view that the CPGB was subservient to Moscow on all important policy matters; deviations from the Party line were restricted to minor tactical instances and were largely the result of the particular social, political, and economic conditions in Britain.