Useful files

A few files and documents which may be of interest for a study of British Trotskyism


Robert Alexander’s monumental study of International Trotskyism 1929 -1985

Wolfgang Lubitz Trotskyist Serials Bibliography 1927 – 1991

Whilst they have minor errors and ommissions both works are enormously useful


  • This Trotskyist family tree, found online, has a few minor errors and omissions but is quite detailed and covers the main groups well.

British Trotskyist Family Tree

  • And here is another chart covering the same area and compiled by Alun Morgan and hosted on the Revolutionary History website

British Trotskyist Groups 1929 – 2015

  • A useful chart for the early years of British Trotskyism

Trotskyist groups in Britain 1931 – 1939


John Sullivan’s satirical takes on the British far left have stood the test of time and are worth re-reading-

Go Fourth and Multiply

As Soon As This Pub Closes

Here Monty Johnstone educates the young Communist League:

Trotsky and World Revolution- Cogito, YCL Theoretical Journal

And Big Flame offers its view of Trotskyism:

Big Flame: The Revolution Unfinished

Betty Reid for the CP:

Ultraleftism In Britain

Trotskyism in Britain Today (Marxism Today)

And another CP document:

The Position of Trotskyism in Britain


Martin Upham’s

History of British Trotskyism

Bob Pitt on the

Rise and Fall of Gerry Healy