This edited collection by Evan Smith and Matthew Worley is launched tonight in London. More details here. The discussion, 'Revolutionary force or pressure group? The role of the British far left in British politics since 1956' certainly sounds very interesting. I wish I could have been there.
Below is the list of contents, which is a veritable smorgasbord of left trainspotterly goodness. The bloke who wrote chapter four sounds familiar too.
AGAINST THE GRAIN: THE BRITISH FAR LEFT FROM 1956 (Manchester University Press, 2014)
Evan Smith & Matthew Worley (eds)
Introduction: the far left in Britain from 1956
Evan Smith and Matthew Worley
Part I Movements
1 Engaging with Trotsky: the influence of Trotskyism in Britain
2 The New Left: beyond Stalinism and social democracy?
3 Narratives of radical lives: the roots of 1960s activism and the making of the British left
4 Marching separately, seldom together: the political history of two principal trends in British Trotskyism, 1945–2009
5 Opposition in slow motion: the CPGB’s ‘anti-revisionists’ in the 1960s and 1970s
6 Dissent from dissent: the ‘Smith/Party’ Group in the 1970s CPGB
7 British anarchism in the era of Thatcherism
Part II Issues
8 Jam tomorrow? Socialist women and Women’s Liberation, 1968–82: an oral history approach
9 Something new under the sun: the revolutionary left and gay politics
10 ‘Vicarious pleasure’? The British far left and the third world, 1956–79
11 Anti-racism and the socialist left, 1968–79
12 Red Action – left-wing pariah: Some observations regarding ideological apostasy and the discourse of proletarian resistance
13 Anti-fascism in Britain, 1997–2012