Against the Cold War by Darren Lilleker

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Who were the British MPs sympathetic to the Soviets - the ""crypto-communists"", ""left-wing gadflys"", the ""neo-Stalinist Left"" - so derided by fellow politicians, journalists, historians, and the public? These Labour MPs, fingered as ""Soviet spies"" who developed links with post-war Russia, were seen as potentially anti-Western actors in the Cold War. Against the Cold War examines the careers and motives of MPs like Tom Driberg and Ian Mikardo who developed ideological links with the Soviet Union and whose ideas influenced Labour's Left wing. Although radical and sympathetic to Communist ideals, they remained principled socialists, and were ready to exercise Trotsky's ""right to alight"" - to oppose and even abandon Soviet links for democratic socialism.

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Darren G. Lilleker is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Center for Public Communication Research at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on strategic political communication and the impacts on democracy. Dr. Lilleker is Chair of the Political Marketing Group, and Political Communication Convenor for the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
Published February 5, 2005 by I.B.Tauris. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The focus has tended to be on the high politics and political dramas that led to the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Second Cold War and the collapse of Soviet Socialism.

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