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The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy$
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Ralph Darlington

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237334

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313813

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The Comintern and Stalinism, 1926–1928

The Comintern and Stalinism, 1926–1928

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(p.133) Chapter Five The Comintern and Stalinism, 1926–1928
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The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy
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DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313813.007

The role of the Comintern in Russia influenced the political development of J. T. Murphy and the Communist Party of Great Britain. In turn, the Comintern's role was dependent on the changing nature of the Russian workers' state in the first few years after the 1917 Russian Revolution. Indeed, the activities of Murphy and the Communist Party inside Britain must be placed within the much broader context of the rise to power of the Stalinist bureaucracy in Russia. As Russian state interests began to undermine the Comintern's original mission of world revolution, the latter became a mere instrument of Joseph Stalin's foreign policy. This chapter examines the support provided by Murphy and the Communist Party leadership to Stalin in his fight against Leon Trotsky inside the USSR and the Comintern. It considers the reasons for such loyalty and how the rise of Stalinism inside the USSR influenced Murphy's political development.

Keywords:   Comintern, Russia, J. T. Murphy, Communist Party of Great Britain, Joseph Stalin, Leon Trotsky, Stalinism, Britain

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