Travelling as Cominternians: The professional travels of the family Humbert-Droz

Twentieth Century Communism - ISSN 1758-6437
Volume 2024 Number 26

Travelling as Cominternians: The professional travels of the family Humbert-Droz


This paper examines the contours of the Comintern journey ‘from below’, through the figures of the communist Humbert-Droz family. Following on from the work of Brigitte Studer, the paper rethinks the notions of clandestinity and political work within the communist ‘national sections’. The question of borders and the way in which they were crossed by the protagonists is at the centre of this examination. Borders did not only appear in their physical and geographical forms; they also appeared in immaterial conceptions of the border, and as the border between the individual and the rest of society. Life on the margins of European political life and the bourgeois moral enterprise is conveyed, as the authorities, the press and the police each played a role in the anti-communist crusade. To study the relationship between the Comintern and society is to understand the mechanisms of exclusion, and the specific nature of the work of officials of the Communist International. This paper looks at the socio-political relationship between the individual and the Comintern, and the networks that could be created, while also acknowledging the power dynamic that existed and persisted within the relationship of this Comintern family.

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To cite this article
CLEMENT FONTANNAZ (2024) Travelling as Cominternians: The professional travels of the family Humbert-Droz, Twentieth Century Communism, 2024(26), 45-72

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