Definition of popular front in English:

popular front


  • A party or coalition representing left-wing elements, in particular (the Popular Front) an alliance of communist, radical, and socialist elements formed and gaining some power in countries such as France and Spain in the 1930s.

    • ‘When he got together with other photographers they discussed fascism, communism, the popular front and Mussolini's attack on Ethiopia.’
    • ‘After the defeat of the Fascist occupation forces he came to head a popular front government, which he used to entrench Communist Party power and establish a one-party state.’
    • ‘The ethnic division of Iraq remains as pervasive as it always has, and the notion that there is a kind of a popular front representing all the Iraq people, I think is quite fallacious.’
    • ‘The new popular front politics he advocated reflected that search for an alliance with social democracy; the fact that it was the complete reverse of what he had been arguing just four years earlier seemed of little consequence.’
    • ‘Dignity and prosperity arrive at his factory, which is now run by a workers' co-operative (mirroring the notion of the popular front, they are aided by a benign member of the upper class).’
    • ‘Such a role was played by the popular front movements in France and Spain in the 1930s, as well as in the Chile of Salvador Allende.’
    • ‘They say the coalition is a popular front rather than a united front and invoke Trotsky to tell us we are wrong.’
    • ‘The fault of the popular front was that it subordinated the radical forces to the political priorities of the most conservative forces in the alliance.’
    • ‘Since the mid-30s, Stalinist organisations have continually joined so-called popular front alliances with bourgeois parties and within this framework supported bourgeois armies.’
    • ‘The point about the popular front was that it involved an alliance with the political representatives of sections of French, Spanish and British capital.’
    • ‘Our first victory was the election of the left wing popular front government in 1936.’
    • ‘During the period in which they became politically active, however, the Communist Party of the USA adopted the popular front line developed by the Stalinist bureaucracy in Moscow.’
    • ‘In line with the popular front policy dictated by the Kremlin, the US Stalinists supported an alliance with Roosevelt.’
    • ‘Tragically, it took the victory of National Socialism for the popular front which he proposed to come into existence.’
    • ‘Dos Passos was part of the anti-Stalinist left with James T Farrell against an American popular front of Communist, populist and celebrity liberal writers.’
    • ‘However, he came into conflict with the proposals to install a popular front government in Yugoslavia as part of the redivision of the world agreed between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin in 1944.’
    • ‘More significantly it reflects the influence of the popular front politics and national outlook of Stalinism.’
    • ‘It was agreed that a popular front government should be installed incorporating three members of an imperialist-backed exile regime in London.’
    • ‘By contrast, antifascism did make for a left politics at home-compromised by the opportunism and kitschiness of the popular front, but productive nonetheless.’
    • ‘Sweezy's indifference, if not outright hostility, to Trotsky's political analysis - the exposure of Stalinism and its popular front politics - expressed the outlook of a layer of radical intellectuals in the US.’


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