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Daniel Edmonds

Thesis: Race and the Communist Movement in Britain, c.1900- 1929.

My thesis examines the development of ideas about ‘race’ within the early Communist movement in Britain. I aim to examine how analytical models established within the Social-Democratic Federation, later the British Socialist Party, impacted the Communist Party of Great Britain’s approach to the issue of ‘race’ both as a discursive construct and political reality. I want to elucidate how race was thought to impact society, and the effect this had on the strategies and discourses of the Communists. I am particularly interested in how transnational dialogues enabled through the establishment of the Comintern and Comintern-dominated organisations, as well as a rising sense of popular internationalism during the inter-war period, impacted an organisation which has been portrayed as theoretically shallow, imperially-minded, and chauvinistic. It is my hope that such a study will be able to shed light not only on the attitudes within the Communist movement, but the extent and nature of popular inter-war internationalism and racial ideologies.


Expected submission date

  • 2016

Funding body

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Research interests

Imperial History, Communist/Labour History, Racial Thought, Inter-War Internationalism and Social Movements.

Additional information

I studied International History and Politics at the University of Leeds from 2007-2010, where I largely focussed on British imperial history. From 2011-2012 I completed my MA in War, Culture and History at the University of Manchester and studied a diverse range of topics from Cold War historiographies to Professional Wrestling’s relationship to American national identity. I began my PhD research project at the University of Manchester in September 2013 after being awarded AHRC funding.

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