Twentieth Century Communism – a journal of international history
Lawrence & Wishart, London
Editors Richard Cross, Norry LaPorte, Kevin Morgan, Matthew Worley
Published in print and electronic format annually in May
Published by Lawrence & Wishart, Twentieth Century Communism provides an international forum for the latest research on the subject and an entry-point into key developments and debates not immediately accessible to English-language historians. Its main focus is on the period of the Russian revolution (1917-91) and on the activities of communist parties themselves. However, its remit will also extend to the movement’s antecedents and rivals, the responses to communism of political competitors and state systems, and to the cultural as well as political influence of communism.
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Communism and youth
Issue 4, May 2012
This issue looks at communism through the prism of its relationship to young people. Contributors discuss young members and youth sections within the communist movement, the youth policies of communist parties and governments, and relationships between the generations both within families and in the public arena.
1968 and after
Issue 3, May 2011
Just over twenty years separates the upheavals that communist movements across the world faced in 1968 and the endgame of the Soviet era. The events of 1968 can, in retrospect, be seen as the final decisive turning point in the history of communism in the twentieth century. This third issue of Twentieth Century Communism explores how communist parties and movements responded to (or struggled to engage with) the crises and opportunities of 1968
Communism and political violence
Issue 2, May 2010
Communist attitudes to violence have varied according to whether a given party was in power or opposition, and on the wider context in which its adherents found themselves. For communists of the Comintern generation, it was forever framed within a Bolshevik-derived paradigm centred on the experience of 1917; for the resistance movements of the second world war it was understood as part of the struggle against fascism; for those battling to liberate themselves from colonialism it was understood as part of the liberation struggle.
Communism and the leader cult
Issue 1, May 2009
From Franz Borkenau’s commentaries of the 1930s, through Khrushchev’s secret speech in 1956, the cult of the leading individual provided one of the distinguishing features of the Stalinist party and an epitome of centralisation. The proliferation of such cults, however, also posed potential dilemmas: for if there was to be a cult of leadership, Stalin’s ideal of a single monolithic will implied that this too should be centred in Moscow, and on the person of Stalin himself. Ranging across several countries and different levels of communist leadership, the first issue of Twentieth Century Communism provides new insight into how and when these cults were constructed, and with what political consequences.