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Edward Palmer THOMPSON: British. A Party member from 1942, the eminent Marxist historian E P THOMPSON first came to notice in 1943 while in the army, in contact with known communists. After World War II he was active in support of Balkan communists through the British Youth Brigade, his brother Frank THOMPSON having been killed while serving with the Bulgarian partisans. He was a member of the Party's Historians' Group, author of their 'Facts on Fascism' pamphlet, poetry reviewer for the 'Daily Worker' and active in the Party's educational work. He became disillusioned after the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956, resigning from his District Committee. His publication of 'The Reasoner', with an editorial condemning Soviet intervention in Hungary and disapproved by the Party, led to his suspension but he preferred to resign from the Party and in his work continued to take an independent Marxist line

Note: Serial 21a: THOMPSON's 1947 pamphlet 'Fascist Threat to Britain'. Serial 40a: THOMPSON's 1951 CP membership card
Date: 1943 Nov 04 - 1952 Jul 25
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: PF 72065 VOL 1
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Retained Until 2016
Record opening date: 28 September 2016
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