Fishman, Nina
December 2004
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Dec2004, Vol. 69 Issue 3, p355
Academic Journal
This article presents a reply to the revision of the orthodoxy of communist historiography in Great Britain in 2004. Authors John McIlroy and Alan Campbell express support for the Labour orthodoxy in their editorial for the special issue of 'Labour History Review.' They also associate themselves with a third orthodoxy, appropriately described as pure revolutionary since its earlier exponents hold the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) culpable for squandering the revolutionary will of the British proletariat. The purists differ about the conjuncture when the CPGB leadership betrayed the revolution. McIlroy and Campbell use the term Stalinism frequently, with declamatory emphasis, to describe CPGB history in the period with which their Histories of the British Communist Party mainly deals. Many historians of the Soviet Union, East Central Europe and western European communist parties use Stalinism and Stalinist as descriptors with no greater significance than historians of Britain and Germany deploy Victorian, Wilhelmine or Edwardian to invoke life and times. The authors also inform readers of their extra-historical dimension. A scholarly approach does not entail removing political and moral judgement from the writing of history.


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