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Pamphlets from Commonwealth organisations:

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Build a united fightback of the working class : fight the Trudeau measures and the capitalists' attacks /Canadian Communist League (Marxist-Leninist) [Montreal : The Forge Publications, 1978]

canadian communists

This pamphlet is a response to the economic austerity measures introduced by Pierre Trudeau's Liberal government in 1978, calling for a united fightback of the working class and a rejection of all bourgeois parties. It is a combination of specific demands and overarching political analysis.

The Canadian Communist League (Marxist-Leninist) was a Québec-based Maoist group which claimed to seek communist unity across Canada as a whole, whilst opposing the Communist Party of Canada, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and any Trotskyite organisation. Founded in 1975, and now defunct, its pamphlets are interesting both in historical terms and because of what they illustrate about this collection - often large quantities of material are preserved which originate from tiny groups with few members and no influence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Cyprus, victim of international conspiracy and Turkish aggression appeals to all peace and freedom-loving peoples of the world / E. Papaioannou. [Nicosia : AKEL Central Committee, 1975?]

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This 24 page illustrated pamphlet provides the viewpoint of the erstwhile-Communist Party of Cyprus (AKEL) on the 1974 crisis, in which a coup supported by the Greek government prompted a Turkish invasion and the subsequent partition of the island. The pamphlet blames imperialism, particularly American imperialism for the events, and calls for a united front of all Cypriots, Greek and Turkish, to reject occupation and partition.

This pamphlet is catalogued as part of the Anorthotiko Komma Ergazemenou Laou (Progressive Party of the Working People, AKEL) sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Exposure! The farm labour scandal / by Ruth First [Johannesburg : Real Print. and Pub. Co., 1959]

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This 24 page illustrated pamphlet is a journalistic investigation into the farm labour scandal, in which black Africans arrested for infringing the pass laws were coerced into enforced labour on farms. The report is followed by an appeal for a change in the law and in policy, coupled with an attack on the Nationalist government of the time.

The papers of the anti-apartheid campaigner Ruth First (1925-1982) are also held in the ICS library, whilst this pamphlet is catalogued as part of the South African Congress of Democrats sequence, of which First was a founding member.

Further analysis of the discourse and imagery used in this item can be found in the essay 'Unnatural selection? The political materials collections in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies' by Danny Millum. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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The Freedom Charter / African National Congress[London : ANC, 1965]

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This free 12 page pamphlet is a re-publication which marks the ten year anniversary of the adoption of the charter at the Congress of the People, Kliptown, 26 June 1955. The original charter was a manifesto-like declaration "of the common demands and aspirations of the people" and this is reproduced here along with a five page introduction detailing the background to the adoption of the charter and the political developments since.

This item is catalogued as part of the large African National Congress (ANC) sequence. A collection of ANC papers are held elsewhere in the ICS archives.

Further analysis of the discourse and imagery used in this item can be found in the essay 'Unnatural selection? The political materials collections in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies' by Danny Millum.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

SA History Online has released a new online project marking the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, which includes a colour booklet by the Department of Education, texts and images. It can be found here.

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What Congress Stands for : Indian National Congress seeks the mandate of the nation to work for a social order based on freedom and justice. [New Delhi : All India Congress Committee, 1966]

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Illustrated 10 page election manifesto issued by the Indian National Congress prior to the 1967 elections. Congress had governed India from independence, and this was the first election they were to contest following the death of Jawaharlal Nehru. Led by his daughter Indira Gandhi the party won the election, but with a much reduced majority, and soon afterwards split into two rival factions.

The manifesto is interesting for its combination of western political terminology and more traditional Indian iconography, most notably the Congress symbol of two yoked bullocks, necessary in a country where illiteracy was still widespread. It is catalogued as part of the Indian National Congress sequence.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

 

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Labor welcomes you to Australia / Australian Labor Party [Sydney : ALP, 1960]

labour aus

This short publication was issued in 1960 by the Australian Labor Party and was intended for immigrants arriving in Australia. It indicates both the eagerness of the ALP to attract the support of of newly arrived workers and the attitude towards immigration at the time. The layout of the pamphlet is almost that of a tourist brochure, whilst the content combines a description of the rights and freedoms conferred by the Australian system of government with the promotion of the achievements of the Labor Party, including a defense of its anti-communist credentials.

This item is catalogued as part of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) sequence.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

 

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Man of destiny / People's National Party (Jamaica) [Kingston, Jamaica : People's National Party, 1962]

man of destiny

This 8 page cartoon is both a biography of Norman Manley and a brief history of the independence movement in Jamaica, as well as an manifesto for Jamaica's first post-independence elections. Manley is depicted as having been destined from birth to lead Jamaica, excelling in everything he does and always defending the rights of the common man. Ironically he and his People's National Party (PNP) lost the 1962 elections, although his son Michael was later Prime Minister between 1972 and 1980 and from 1989 to 1992.

This pamphlet is catalogued as part of the PNP sequence.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

 

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Nuclear-weapon-free zones in New Zealand as at Nov. 1984 / New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Committee. Christchurch : New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Committee, 1984.

nuclear freen nz

This 6 page pamphlet originates from an anti-nuclear pressure group formed in 1980 which sought to build opposition to nuclear energy from the grassroots up, encouraging local communities to declare themselves nuclear-free. This groundswell of anti-nuclear feeling helped bring David Lange's Labour Party to power in 1984 on an anti-nuclear platform, which led to the effective removal of the country from the ANZUS alliance and culminated in the passing of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone law in 1987.

This pamphlet is catalogued as part of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Committee sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

 

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The South African Rhodesian : a very special breed. [S.l. : Lin Mehmel Associates, 1979]

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This 16 page pamphlet costing 1.25 rand was produced by a group of South Africans involved in the conflict in South Rhodesia in the 1970s. It outlines the reasons these men have found to fight in Rhodesia, strongly equating the 'terrorists' of the black liberation movements with Soviet-backed international communist aggression.

This item is catalogued as part of the South Africa First Campaign (SAFC) sequence.

Further analysis of the discourse and imagery used in this item can be found in the essay 'Unnatural selection? The political materials collections in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies' by Danny Millum. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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When UNIP becomes government / United National Independence Party (Northern Rhodesia) Lusaka : Publicity Bureau, UNIP, [1963?]

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This 20 page illustrated election manifesto, retailing at one shilling, was produced for elections to be held in January 1964 by the United National Independence Party (UNIP), led by the future Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. It followed UNIP's initial period of participation in the government of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, prior to the eventual independence of Northern Rhodesia as Zambia in October 1964.

This item is catalogued as part of the UNIP sequence.

Further analysis of the discourse and imagery used in this item can be found in the essay 'Unnatural selection? The political materials collections in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies' by Danny Millum.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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