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ONSITE BOOK LAUNCH: Growing Up Communist in the Netherlands and Britain: Childhood, Political Activism, and Identity Formation

Author Elke Weesjes presents this comparative analysis of the Dutch and British communist movements in the 20th century

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 - 6:30pm
Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU
Email: m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk
Phone: 02072531485
This volume interrogates how far Moscow and/or indigenous social, political, economic and cultural factors influenced the experiences of communist parties and their members. Informed by oral history and memory studies, it draws on a series of interviews with 38 British and Dutch cradle communists, auto/biographies, archival materials, and existing historiography of both movements.The book is divided into two parts. Part I examines and compares the social and political history of the communist youth movement in Britain and the Netherlands and Part II explores the private and public life of Dutch and British communists in the period 1950-1970. Weesjes' talk will primarily focus on the latter part and will discuss respondents' political and cultural upbringing and their parents' prescriptions and aspirations. It specifically looks at gender roles, sexuality, pedagogical values, and morality.
Dr. Elke Weesjes teaches history at the City University of New York in Brooklyn where she is also Research Director of the school's Holocaust Center. She is an editorial board member of Twentieth Century Communism, A Journal of International History (Lawrence and Wishart, London) and a visiting research fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. Her work has been published by outlets including Cahiers d’histoire. Revue d’histoire critique; Children Youth, and Environments; The Psychologist; Twentieth Century Communism, A Journal of International History; Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies; Biografie Bulletin; and Labour/Le Travail. She is the author of Growing Up Communist in the Netherlands and Britain: Childhood, Political Activism, and Identity Formation (Amsterdam University Press, 2021) and Rode Levens. Communistische Gezinnen in the Koude Oorlog (Walburg Pers, forthcoming spring 2023). 
Book HERE.