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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-117
JournalIrish Journal of French Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Communism
  • Franco-British relations
  • Resistance
  • Second World War


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