1956 1956
John Saville, EP Thompson and The Reasoner

1956 was a year of political drama. It saw the Anglo-French seizure of the Suez Canal, Nikita Khrushchev’s Secret Speech, denouncing Stalin,unrest across Eastern Europe and the Russian invasion of Hungary.
This book discusses the convulsions which enveloped the Communist Party of Great Britain in the aftermath of Khrushchev’s revelations. It reprints the text of The Reasoner for the first time in 60 years. It tells the story of this dissident journal and its editors: John Saville and E.P. Thompson. The Reasoner proved critical in organising opposition to Stalinism in the Communist Party.

• Original essays explore how the events of 1956 came about, their impact on British Communism and the political thinking of Saville and Thompson
• The editors have provided detailed notes on each issue and a selection of documents from both the party leadership and its
Meticulously evidenced, thought-provoking and iconoclastic, this text will be essential reading for all those seeking to understand British Communism and the politics of Marxism in the second half of the twentieth century.

Paul Flewers is the author of The New Civilisation? Understanding Stalin’s Soviet Union 1929-1941 and an editor of Revolutionary History.
John McIlroy is a Professor of Employment Relations at Middlesex University Business School.