By K. Turton

Forgotten Lives explores the lives and paintings of Lenin's sisters, Anna, Ol'ga and Mariia, and the function they performed within the Russian Revolution. It strains their early progressive careers and contributions to the underground move, their paintings for the celebration and the country after October 1917, and their courting with Lenin and Stalin.

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With hindsight, we can clearly discern the party’s future direction. While Strachey and others, including Cynthia Mosley, genuinely claimed to ‘surrender nothing’ of their ‘socialist faith’, Mosley’s first attempt to articulate the nature of his modern movement revealed just how far he was moving towards an as yet unspecified fascist end. ‘Our movement’, he wrote, must call on ‘sacrifice and a national effort’. It ‘will not tell you what you will get, but […] what you must do’. ‘Individual liberty’, Mosley continued, would be ‘subject to the overriding demands of national service’; ‘efficiency’ would be ‘instilled by the ideology and the example of a movement of national renaissance’.

These movements of Communism and Fascism may be mere first attempts of that unsatisfied seriousness to make a new world out of our present disorders. What is called the decay of faith and the discrediting of and fading of many old loyalties have not destroyed the serious type; they have merely let it loose for new experiments. These experiments seem to show already quite new possibilities of concentrated directive power. 79 Of course, other influences soon fed into the intellectual melting pot that was the New Party.

H. 3 Its purpose was to offer an assertive response to the worsening economic problems of the day; to challenge the basic presumptions upon which the government’s economic policy was based. To understand the New Party, we must first understand its politics. The party was formed as a vehicle to propagate a comprehensive programme of economic reform drafted in response to the deepening depression. Its evolution related to Mosley’s failure to secure a preexisting means of realising his radical plan of action.

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