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Radiant Illusion? essays: Middle Class recruits to Communism
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Radiant Illusion, young middle class communists in Britain in the 1930s

‘Radiant Illusion?’  tells the story of young middle class recruits to communism in Britain in the 1930s

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Radiant Illusion? tells the story of young middle class people who joined the British Communist Party (CPGB) in the 1930s. This has too often been seen through the distorting prism of cold war values. The essays in this  book present a more balanced picture of their beliefs and actions, one in which these 1930s recruits emerge as intelligent and sensitive people, well aware of the implications of the decisions that they took in the highly stressful political circumstances of the times. Hindsight shows that some of their judgments were wrong. But their errors should not be allowed to devalue the genuine idealism that motivated them at the time – and subsequently. Readers will form their own conclusions about a topic which, even after eighty years, remains controversial.

Radiant Illusion is a book which draws on archives, family papers and personal memories, including individual case studies, which were presented at public lectures and seminars at Gresham College London in 2013 and 2014 (see www.gresham.ac.uk).

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Conference and the original seminars at Gresham College

Radiant Illusion?  Editor: Nicholas Deakin  £10.00 RRP (£2 p and p)

ISBN: 978-0-9929723-2-5. Publication 20/10/2015

Publisher: Eve Editions (eveeditions.com)