Left transnationalism : the Communist International and the national, colonial, and racial questions / edited by Oleksa Drachewych and Ian McKay.

  • Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019
  • ©2019
1 online resource (vii, 436 pages)


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"In 1919, Bolshevik Russia and its followers formed the Communist International, also known as the Comintern, to oversee the global communist movement. From the very beginning, the Comintern committed itself to ending world imperialism, supporting colonial liberation, and promoting racial equality. Coinciding with the centenary of the Comintern's founding, Left Transnationalism highlights the different approaches interwar communists took in responding to these issues. Bringing together leading and emerging scholars on the Communist International, individual communist parties, and national and colonial questions, this collection moves beyond the hyperpoliticized scholarship of the Cold War era and re-energizes the field. Contributors focus on transnational diasporic and cultural networks, comparative studies of key debates on race and anti-colonialism, the internationalizing impulse of the movement, and the evolution of communist platforms through transnational exchange. Essays further emphasize the involvement of communist and socialist parties across Canada, Australia, India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Latin America, South Africa and Europe. Highlighting the active discussions on nationality, race, and imperialism that took place in Comintern circles, Left Transnationalism demonstrates that this organization--as well as communism in general--was, especially in the years before 1935, far more heterogeneous, creative and unpredictable than the rubber stamp of the Soviet Union described in conventional historiography."-- Provided by publisher.
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  • Part One. Orientations
  • Part Two. Transnational personal relationships
  • Part Three. Race and colonialism
  • Part Four. National questions.
  • Introduction: left transnationalism? the Communist International, the national, colonial, and racial questions, and the strengths and limitations of the "Moscow rules" / Oleksa Drachewych and Ian McKay
  • "Revolutionary social democracy" and the Third International / Lars T. Lih
  • The Russian Revolution, national self-determination, and anti-imperialism, 1917-1927 / S.A. Smith
  • Origins of the anti-imperialist united front: the Comintern and Asia, 1919-1925 / John Riddell
  • Transnationality in the Soviet challenge to British India, 1917-1923 / Alastair Kocho-Williams
  • Los poputchiki: communist fellow travellers, Comintern radical networks, and the forging of a culture of modernity in Latin America and the Caribbean / Sandra Pujals
  • The transnational experience of some Canadian communists / Andree Levesque
  • Between the Comintern, the Japanese Communist Party, and the Chinese Communist Party: Nosaka Sanzo's betrayal games / Xiaofei Tu
  • Anti-colonialism and the imperial dynamic in the anglophone communist movements in South Africa, Australia, and Britain / Evan Smith
  • Race, the Comintern, and communist parties in British dominions, 1920-1943 / Oleksa Drachewych
  • The Comintern and the question of race in the South American Andes / Marc Becker
  • Various forms of Chineseness in the origins of Southeast Asian communism / Kankan Xie
  • "Young" and "adult" Canadian communists: the question of nationhood and ethnicity in the 1920s / Daria Dyakonova
  • "It is better to retreat now than be crushed altogether": questions of ethnicity and the Communist Party of Canada at the Lakehead / Michel S. Beaulieu
  • Henri Gagnon, Tim Buck, Stanley Ryerson, and the contested legacy of the Comintern on the national question: the crisis of French-Canadian communism in the 1940s / Ian McKay
  • Nationalism and internationalism in Chinese communist networks in the Americas / Anna Belogurova
  • Conclusion: future avenues for the study of the Comintern and the national, colonial, and racial questions / Oleksa Drachewych.
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