Croucher, Richard
April 2003
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Apr2003, Vol. 68 Issue 1, p11
Academic Journal
This article examines the historiography, of the German Communist Party in the Weimar years. The subject is of general interest because of Communism's importance to German and world history. The article focusses on two central problems: KPD relations with the Communist International and with the Social Democrats. Debates on these topics began before 1933, but intensified during the Cold War. Until 1989, the historiography was marked by dichotomy between Western and Eastern accounts. Western historians increasingly emphasized the Comintern's strategic importance to KPD direction and its Stalinization. Eastern historians wez' directed by the state, leading to distortion and falsification. East German writing also occasionally indicated useful avenues for research. By the 1990s, the foundations had been laid for local studies. Although these have been used to assert Stalinization's Germanic roots, this argument is dubious.


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