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Revolutionary vanguard or agent provocateur: students and the far left on English university campuses c.1970–90

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The far left were an important force on English University and Polytechnic campuses in the 1970s and 1980s but they did not control or direct student politics. By exploring the debates within the far left about students and the role of student activism this chapter sheds new light on the functioning of the far left within the student milieu. It also examines student politics in this period which, to date, have been under-researched. Many student political leaders in this period went on to important roles in mainstream politics. In exploring student politics we can, therefore, gain a greater understanding of British politics, society and culture in this period when Higher Education was changing rapidly and becoming increasingly open to the ‘masses’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956 vol. II
EditorsEvan Smith, Matthew Worley
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Print)978-1526113658
StatePublished - 16 Dec 2017

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