Archibald Harold Mann Robertson was born in 1886, the son of a bishop. He was educated at
He became a close associate of Hyndman in the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) and, at times, wrote a large part of the articles in Justice. The SDF had taken part in negotiations to establish the Labour Representation Committee in 1900. However, it left the LRC and, in 1911, set up the British Socialist Party (BSP), when the SDF fused with a number of branches of the Independent Labour Party.
Hyndman created a crisis in the BSP by supporting
Robertson had supported the National Socialist Party. During the 1920s, he remained an independent Marxist, writing his book “EB Bax – Thinker and Pioneer” in 1927, under his pseudonym, Robert Arch.
He was soon victimised for his beliefs in the Admiralty and was forced to resign from the civil service forsaking his pension. After this, he became a prolific author and academic, associated with the
Robertson visited the Soviet Union in 1938, returning on the same boat as Harry Pollitt. This promoted him to join the Communist Party, to which he devoted himself until his death. Communist Party meetings in Oxford were often held in his house, according to Arthur Excell (see separate entry).
Archibald Robertson died at Oxford on 14th October 1961, aged seventy-five. It was recalled in his obituary in World News at the time that: “He was always just as ready to undertake the giving out of leaflets as he was to write with clarity and simplicity explaining some of the weightiest contributions to human thought, in order to help his comrades to understand them.”
Source World News
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