Middle Class Recruits to Communism in the 1930s: lecture transcript and video

Why did some idealistic young people join the Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1930s? What was the attraction of Communism and which beliefs, events or material circumstances prompted them to join? How did the Party respond to this predominantly university-educated group of recruits? These and related issues will be explored through case studies which trace their trajectories as members from recruitment through engagement and often to withdrawal.

These issues were discussed in a lecture by Professor Nicholas Deakin held at Gresham College, London on 7 March 2013. Other participants in the discussion included Denis Healey, Juliet Gardner and Roderick Floud and a transcript and video/audio recording can be found here.

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