Red Roads to Freedom?

With the recent publication of Red Road to Freedom, I became intrigued by secret parties, patriotic unity, and great power competition. I asked myself ‘where have other red roads led’?

My interest was further piqued by the Boydell Press series History of British Intelligence, and specifically by super-power relations and wartime intelligence, as well as the forthcoming University of Rochester Press title Great Power Competition and the Path to Democracy: The Case of Georgia, 1991-2020 which looks at the competing influences of the West and Russia over the fate of democracy in former Soviet bloc nations.

So where have other red roads led? Take a look at the books below.

Red Road to Freedom

A History of the South African Communist Party 1921 – 2021
by Tom Lodge

A history of the South African Communist Party, Tom Lodge explores the less well-known territory of the Party tracking it’s development as a clandestine formation, first within South Africa, 1950-1965, and then through three decades of exile. The closing chapter considers the Party’s evolution since the fall of Apartheid.

9781847013217, hardcover, £70.00 / $99.00
Blog price: £45.50 / $64.35


The Secret War Between the Wars: MI5 in the 1920s and 1930s

by Kevin Quinlan

A welcome contribution to the literature on the secret activities of the British state in the interwar period, Kevin Quinlan details the operations and tradecraft of British intelligence to thwart Communist revolutionaries, Soviet agents and Nazi sympathizers.
Now available in paperback!

9781783277094, paperback, £19.99 / $26.95
Blog price: £13 / $17.52


Great Power Competition and the Path to Democracy

The Case of Georgia, 1991-2020
by Zarina Burkadze

This forthcoming book explores the effects and implications of competitions between Russia and Western nations, challenging the conventional wisdom that competition between promoters of democracy and autocracy reduces the effectiveness of efforts towards democracy, with specific reference to democratization in the case of Georgia.

9781648250439, hardcover, £70.00 / $95.00
Blog price: £45.50 / $61.75


The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op

Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage
by David Burke

A valuable addition to the expanding library of works on the history of East-West espionage, this is a story of wartime intelligence, super-power relations and spies and their handlers – seen through the experience of Melita Norwood, the last of the atomic spies.

9781843838876, paperback, £14.99 / $19.95
Blog price: £9.75 / $12.97


Further relevant titles:

Britannia and the Bear
The Lawn Road Flats
Alex la Guma
Cyril Ramaphosa
Red Flag and Union Jack
Comrades Against Apartheid

This post was written by Sofie Samuelsson, digital marketing executive in the UK office.

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