9780312162771

The Comintern: A History of International Communism from Lenin to Stalin

McDermott, Kevin; Agnew, Jeremy

ISBN 10: 0312162774 / 0-312-16277-4
ISBN 13: 9780312162771
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
This accessible text provides a comprehensive narrative and interpretative account of the entire history of the Communist International, 1919-1943. By incorporating the most recent Western and Soviet research the authors explain the legendary complexities of Comintern history and chart its degeneration from a revolutionary internationalist organisation into an obedient instrument of Soviet foreign policy. Key themes include: continuities and discontinuities between the Leninist and Stalinist phases, Bolshevisation versus national traditions, and the role of leading individuals in the Comintern apparatus. A selection of documents will elucidate these central themes.