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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 ‘New Line’, 1928–1932

The ‘New Line’, 1928–1932

(p.163) Chapter Six The ‘New Line’, 1928–1932
The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy
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During J. T. Murphy's stay in Russia as the representative of on the Executive Committee of the Communist International, his relationship with the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) leadership, already strained in the wake of the post-General Strike debate, continued to deteriorate. This internal party conflict culminated in the CPGB's adoption of an ultra-left ‘new line’ in which it refused to collaborate with social democrats. This chapter examines the nature of these arguments and their implications for the CPGB's policy, along with the internal struggle for power in Russia and the Comintern and how it shaped Murphy's role in the whole process. In particular, it looks at Murphy's role in pushing the CPGB to accept the Comintern's ultra-left ‘new line’.

Keywords:   J. T. Murphy, Russia, Communist Party of Great Britain, new line, social democrats, Britain, Comintern

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