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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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Popular Frontism and Re-appraisal, 1936–1965

Popular Frontism and Re-appraisal, 1936–1965

(p.234) Chapter Eight Popular Frontism and Re-appraisal, 1936–1965
The Political Trajectory of J. T. Murphy
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After he was expelled from the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), J. T. Murphy increasingly distanced himself from the working-class movement in Britain. As a member of the Socialist League's national leadership, he began to encounter a predominantly public school and university educated group of people. Murphy also began to write for, and closely associate with, a number of liberal reformist journals such as Adelphi and New Britain. During the 1930s, the most dominant political issue in Britain was foreign affairs and the approach of war, and Murphy found himself increasingly at odds with the Socialist League regarding the strategies and tactics to be used in the fight against fascism. This chapter explores Murphy's transition from left reformism towards popular frontism during World War II, his embrace of a cross-class alliance, and his eventual abandonment of socialist politics.

Keywords:   Communist Party of Great Britain, J. T. Murphy, fascism, Socialist League, Britain, socialist politics, popular frontism, World War II, Adelphi, New Britain

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