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This article analyses the educational policies for girls carried out within the Italian young communist league in the late 1940s-early 1950s. Particular attention is paid to the influence of Catholicism over communist policies, to the main activities promoted for young female militants, and to the way in which moral and sexual issues were addressed within the Italian young communist league.

This review provides a wide-ranging survey of the post-war history of communism and communist parties in South Asia with particular attention to developments in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. It focuses on the parties and organisations of the communist left; the key elements of their political programmes and practices; and their relationship with other forces on the left. It assesses the dynamic between communist and nationalist politics and between clandestine revolutionary and peaceful parliamentary roads to political advance in the South Asian context.

Matthew Worley introduces Issue 2 of Twentieth Century Communism.