Writing the history of twentieth century communism

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2009 Number 1

Writing the history of twentieth century communism
Peter Beilharz, Kevin McDermott, Bernhard Bayerlein, pages -


In a series of reflective pieces, three historians explore issues and challenges raised by writing the history of twentieth century communism from the post-Soviet perspective of the present day.  In ‘Hopes, Horrors and Utopias’, Peter Beilharz discusses whether the twentieth century ought to be characterised as the ‘totalitarian century’, and considers the continuing power of the idea of utopia. In ‘Historical balance and the human condition’, Kevin McDermott, reasserts the value and importance of the historiography of twentieth century communism and the need to rescue from neglect the ‘positive’ aspects of the communist experiment. In ‘Collision of cultures and nationalism as patterns of the “Soviet Century”’, Bernhard H Bayerlein identifies the central role played by two ideas which shaped the pattern of twentieth century communism: the clash of national and Soviet cultures and the interplay between nationalism and bolshevism in the ideologies of the USSR.

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Peter Beilharz, Kevin McDermott, Bernhard Bayerlein (2009) Writing the history of twentieth century communism, Twentieth Century Communism, 2009(1), -

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