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Andrew Rothstein and the Crucible of British Communism

In the second part of his study of the Rothsteins, David Burke looks at the revolutionary career of Andrew Rothstein.

In the second part of his in-depth study of the Rothsteins, David Burke looks at the revolutionary career of Andrew Rothstein. Andrew enjoyed a long and colourful life as revolutionary, propagandist, academic and a seminal figure in the development of the Marx Memorial Library. He was a foundation member of the Communist Party in 1920, a member of the Executive and editor of the Sunday Worker.

He worked at the Marx-Lenin Institute in Moscow during the 1930s and was a world expert on Marxism. Indeed, few of his contemporary writers had such a rich and exacting understanding of the life and works of the founders of the Communist Movement.

As a prominent figure in the British Communist Party, he soon fell under scrutiny by the intelligence services and was one of the first victims of the Cold War, losing his job at the University of London.

Dr David Burke teaches at Cambridge University and is the Author of the highly acclaimed Spy Who Came in From the Co-op a biography of Melita Norwood the well known left wing and peace activist, who was a life long supporter of the Morning Star


Dr David Burke | talks


Date and Time:

11 April 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Marx Memorial Library
37a Clerkenwell Green

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