By Neil C. Rafeek
Through the first 1/2 the 20th century, Glasgow was once witness to an exceptional wave of operating category protest and political agitation. The protesters challenged the capitalist social order and likewise, now and again, the nation itself. What used to be the legacy of this turbulence and upheaval which bolstered Glasgow's popularity because the heart of operating category fight in Britain?In this unique and meticulously researched research, Neil Rafeek makes the 1st systematic learn of "Red Clydeside," the time period given to Communism, radical exertions and exchange Unionism in Scotland, a mythical phenomenon in British or even overseas hard work historical past. He specializes in the position of girls within the Communist social gathering and describes women’s reviews of assembly best overseas personalities of the period: Khrushchev, Gagarin, Tereshkova, Castro and the Ceauescus. utilizing wealthy and evocative own testimony mixed with the author’s personal research, Rafeek exhibits the idealistic socialist motivation at the back of the institution of "Red Clydeside" and the next turning out to be lines and discord in Communism and the exertions circulation commonly, the world over and in Scotland.
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He belonged to an old and sort of paternalistic school of thought among the Tories, you don’t get that sort anymore now. I mean he was a lover of human beings; he was a real Scotsman; he had a strong egalitarian tendency you know; he was a liberal-minded man but he believed in the hierarchy of society and the people who were privileged had been bred for centuries as masters; it was their duty to look after the poor and be kind to them and so on and so on. It was a real sort of paternalistic attitude.
I would state that these major policy issues are not a concern until Chapter 7. I interviewed a total of 41 people and amassed over 800,000 words of transcription. Of these interviewees 34 were with women and 7 with men in the CP (the one exception being a woman involved in organizing the Socialist Sunday School as was her mother before her). Only the testimony of party women is used in the main text. Undoubtedly, many of the CP histories mentioned have relied on a greater number of interviewees or respondents.
All interviews were transcribed and sent to the respondent for spelling and accuracy as well as to exclude any material they did not wish published. In the text, where respondents are quoted, they appear in inverted commas for excerpts of fewer than 50 words. In longer quotes the excerpts are indented. Some questions were initially far too long and received the appropriate short reply. One specific question on The British Road to Socialism was wrong and there was also a need to avoid a ‘leading’ question.
Communist Women in Scotland: Red Clydeside from the Russian Revolution to the End of the Soviet Union (International Library of Political Studies) by Neil C. Rafeek