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Open Access The French Communist Party and Britain in the Second World War

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Transnational studies of the French Communist Party (PCF) have understandably emphasized relations with the Soviet and Italian Parties. However, study of the PCF's relations with its minnow-like counterpart in Britain sheds light on its tortuous trajectory during the Second World War. The French and British communist press of the period, as well as recently released archival documents, show radical shifts in line and fortune, ultimately determined by decisions taken in Moscow. The defeat of Nazism sees the apogee of communist influence on both sides of the Channel, but signs of isolation and inexorable decline soon emerge.
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Keywords: COMMUNISM; FRANCO-BRITISH RELATIONS; RESISTANCE; SECOND WORLD WAR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2014

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  • The Irish Journal of French Studies is an annual international refereed journal published by the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. Articles in English, French or Irish are welcomed on any aspect of research in the area of French and Francophone culture, society, literature and thought. Articles published within the last two years are available free online to members and may be purchased by non-members. All other articles are available on an open access basis.

    Please note that the Print ISSN listed for the journal on this website applies to volumes 1 to 10, and part of volume 16. All other volumes are published, in their entirety, on-line only.

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