Frank Henderson

Betrayal and Hope

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Review of 'The Socialist League in the 1930s', Michael Bor, Athena Press £15.99

For most workers the 1930s are looked back on as being a decade well worth forgetting - mass unemployment, the rise of fascism and the growing threat of another world war all contributed towards making it the most miserable decade of the 20th century. Politically the left was a shambles. Ramsay MacDonald and the Labour government of 1929-31 had demonstrated how they intended to deal with unemployment. They instituted a 10 percent cut in what were already miserably low benefits. This proved too much even for some cabinet members, and MacDonald handed in the government's resignation.

Countering Captain Correlli

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Review of 'British Intervention and the Greek Revolution', John Newsinger, Socialist Historians Society £2.75

The Second World War was fought to make the world safe for freedom and democracy. That is the claim made today, just as it was at the beginning of 1946 when the regiment I was in was posted to Greece. The war being over, troops in the Mediterranean were expected to be sent home and demobilised. They were bemused--but not amused--to find themselves being used to keep in power a right wing government of black marketeers and Nazi collaborators. At the same time they were used in the relentless persecution of the Resistance.

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