- Sep 2016
France :Excluding the USSR, where in the world were Communist parties the strongest before WWII? FTR, I mean immediately before WWII here--so, in 1938-1939. Thus, the failed Communist attempts to seize power in Hungary and Germany in 1918-1919 don't count for this. Rather, what I want to know is the strength of various Communist movements worldwide (excluding the USSR, of course--since the USSR is obvious) in 1938-1939--as in, on the eve of WWII.
Anyway, any thoughts on this?
Popular Front won the legislative elections in 1936 which consisted of French section of Workers' International, French Communist Party and Radical-Socialists. French section of Workers' International achieved 19 % of votes and French Communist Party 15 % of votes. Popular Front formed government and it started the series of social reforms. Leon Blum became the Prime-Minister. Popular Front government was composed of SFIO and Republican ministers, while Communist Party supported it with their deputies.
In 1946 legislative elections French Communist Party achieved 28 % of votes and had the best result out of all parties. SFIO acquired 17 % of votes.
Popular Front was created in January 1936. It consisted of Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, Communist Party of Spain, Workers' Party of Marxist Unification, Republican Left and Republican Union. It won the elections in 1936 with 39 % of votes and gained 285 seats in Cortes Generales.