|Title||The CPGB, the Connolly Association and Irish communism, 1945–1962|
This article examines the relationship between the Communist Party of Great Britain and Irish communists in both Ireland and Britain in the post-war era. It argues that the British party’s strategic interest in Ireland gradually waned as it became apparent that Irish communism would remain divided by the border. The article also argues how, in Britain, competition between the nationalist Anti-Partition League and the communist dominated Connolly Association led the latter to abandon cold war sectarianism and to adopt a ‘broad strategy’ championing civil rights in Northern Ireland. The article draws out the key role played by Charles Desmond Greaves in this process, whilst noting the importance of factionalism and external factors, notably the Irish Republican Army’s Border Campaign.
|Journal citation||58 (5), pp. 639-655|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Accepted author manuscript||LH Smylie almost final.pdf|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/0023656X.2017.1346902|
|Published online||29 Jun 2017|
|Published||29 Jun 2017|