Rethinking the Comintern: Soviet historiography, 1987-1991

McDermott, Kevin
December 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter92, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p37
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the history of the Communist International (Comintern) undertaken by Soviet Scholars since 1987. Major fields of investigation include the origins and implementation of the united front tactics, the motivations for and consequences of the shift to the left in 1928-29, the formulation of the Popular Front, the impact of the Nazi-Soviet Pact and the outbreak of war, and the dissolution of the Comintern in 1943. The broad aim behind the rethinking of the Comintern was to uproot Stalinism and restore historical truth to this controversial chapter in Soviet history. Judging from the experience of the past year it seems that the more dynamic scholars will become involved in international projects, conferences and publication ventures, and the Comintern Archives will attract ever more researchers.


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