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INCS - Circular Letter February 2007
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The International Newsletter of Communist Studies


Der Internationale Newsletter der Kommunismusforschung
La newsletter internationale des recherches sur le communisme
Международный бюллетень исторических исследований коммунизма онлайн


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Circular Letter February 2007

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

we are glad to announce that the upcoming 2007 issue of The International Newsletter for Communist Studies is about to be released. The conventional paper version will, as always, be printed as a supplement to the Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung, published by the Aufbau Publishing House in Berlin, which will be available in the second half of March. The unabridged online version will be put onto the International Newsletter's website at about the same time. We feel happy about the online version incorporating over 200 pages, and we would like to thank everybody who made it possible through their contributions.

Given below is the table of contents for the upcoming issue of the International Newsletter (No 20, 2007).

Section I: The Newsletter of the Newsletters: Communist Studies Newsletter – New issues. Selected Items.

  • Communist History Network Newsletter, Manchester.

  • Estudos sobre o Comunismo, Lisbon.

  • HNet Discussion Network: H-HOAC. History of American Communism, Washington D.C.

  • London Socialist Historians Group Newsletter, London.

  • Aktuelles aus der DDR-Forschung. Ein Newsletter der Stiftung Aufarbeitung der DDR-Diktatur, Berlin.

Section II: News on Archives, Fonds and Institutions.

  • NS archive in Bad Arolsen to be opened for researchers.

  • Bulgaria: more communist archives declassified.

  • Victor-Serge-Library in Moscow reopens.

  • Wilhelm-Reich-Archive to be opened late 2007.

  • Vademekum Contemporary History Hungary published by Stiftung Aufarbeitung, Berlin.

  • Comintern-Online, Moscow-Amsterdam: 100 000 additional pages digitized.

  • IDC Publishers, Amsterdam: Comintern files concerning Mexico released.

  • The Guidebook on the Archives in Russia: new archival database.

  • Communist Regimes research programme, Sweden.

  • Neuer Online-Katalog des Centro de Documentación e Investigación de la Cultura de Izquierdas en la Argentina, Buenos Aires.

  • Freddy Litten, Munich: Microfilms for Communist Studies at the Bayrische Staatsbibliothek.

  • Vladimir P. Kozlov, Moscow: Ergebnisse und Perspektiven der Erstellung russischer Dokumentenpublikationen.

Section III: Projects – Work in progress.

  • Sean McMeekin, Ankara: Bolshevik Gold. The Nature of a Forgotten Problem.

  • Fredrik Petersson, Åbo: „We are no Visionaries and Utopian Dreamers“ – The Network of the Axis League against Imperialism, Comintern, and the Anti-imperialist Struggle, 1924–1933.
  • Joachim Schröder, Düsseldorf: Internationalismus nach dem Krieg. Die Beziehungen zwischen deutschen und französischen Kommunisten (1918–1923).

  • Frank Wolff, Cologne: Individualisierte Erinnerung und politische Bewegung. Die Autobiographik des Allgemeinen Jüdischen Arbeiterbunds.

  • Forschungsschwerpunkt „Geschichte der Sowjetunion“ am Deutschen Historischen Institut Moskau.

Section IV: Materials for Biographical, Regional and Institutional Studies. Section IV.1: Biographical Materials and Studies.

• Nachtrag zur Biographie Dmitrij Moiseenko.

Section IV.2: Regional Materials and Studies.

• Avgust Lešnik, Ljubljana: Le Parti communiste yougoslave et la Guerre civile espagnole (1936–1939).

Section IV.3: Institutional Materials and Studies.

  • „Kultintern – Cultintern – Культинтерн“. Beiträge zur Allunions-Gesellschaft für kulturelle Zusammenarbeit (VOKS), zum Internationalen Frauenseketariat der Komintern, zur Liga gegen den Imperialismus und zur Roten Sportinternationale.

  • Jean-Francois Fayet, Geneva: La VOKS. La Société pour les échanges culturels entre l’URSS et l’étranger.

  • André Gounot, Strasbourg: Die Rote Sportinternationale.

  • Bernhard H. Bayerlein, Mannheim: Das Internationale Frauensekretariat und die Frauenabteilung des Exekutivkomitees der Kommunistischen Internationale.

  • Fredrik Petersson, Åbo: The League against Imperialism: The Most Valuable Organizational Tool for Bolshevik Propaganda in the „Imperialist” and Colonial World during the Interwar Era?

Section V: New Publications –Reports and Reviews. Section V.1: Reviews.

  • Droit, Emmanuel; Kott, Sandrine (eds.): Die ostdeutsche Gesellschaft. Eine transnationale Perspektive, Berlin, Ch.Links, 2006. 299 p. (Renate Hürtgen, Berlin).

  • Kondakova, I.A. (ed.): Otkrytyj archiv-2. Spravočnik sbornikov dokumentov, vyšedšich v svet v otečestvennych izdatel’stvach v 1917-2000 gg., Moskva, ROSSPEN, 2005. 432 p. (Gleb Albert, Cologne).

  • Foitzik, Jan; Timofejewa, Natalja P. (Bearb.): Die Politik der Sowjetischen Militäradministration in Deutschland (SMAD). Kultur, Wissenschaft und Bildung 1945-1949. […] München, K.G. Saur, 2005, 468 p. (Anne Hartmann, Bochum).

  • Murphy, Kevin: Revolution and Counterrevolution. Class Struggle in a Moscow Metal Factory, New York, Berghahn, 2005. 234 p. (International Studies in Social History. 6). (Gleb Albert, Cologne).

  • Renkama, Jukka: Ideology and Challenge of Political Liberalisation in the USSR. 1957-1961. Otto Kuusinen’s „Reform Platform“, the State Concept and the Path to the 3rd CPSU Programme, Helsinki, SKS, 2006. 396 p. (Tauno Saarela, Helsinki).

  • Wettig, Gerhard: Chruschtschows Berlin-Krise 1958 bis 1963. Drohpolitik und Mauerbau, München, Oldenbourg, 2006, 312 p. (Quellen und Darstellungen zur Zeitgeschichte. 67). (Rolf Steininger, Innsbruck).

  • Forthcoming Reviews

Section V.2: Presentations and Publishers’ Announcements.

  • Datta Gupta, Sobhanlal: Comintern and the Destiny of Communism in India. 1919-1943. Dialectics of real and a possible History, Calcutta, Seribaan, 2006. XXI + 329 p.

  • Krekola, Joni: Stalinin lyhyt kurssi. Suomalaiset Moskovan Lenin-koulussa 1926-1938, Helsinki, SKS, 2006. 445 p.

  • Saarela, Tauno: Kansan Tahto. Pohjolan työtätekevien lehti, Jyväskylä, Gummerus Oy, 2006. 448 p.

  • Bayerlein, Bernhard H.: „Der Verräter, Stalin, bist Du!“. Vom Ende der linken Solidarität. Sowjetunion, Komintern und kommunistische Parteien im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939 – 1941. […] Berlin, Aufbau, 700 p.

  • Weissman, Susan: Dissident dans la révolution. Victor Serge. Une biographie politique, Paris, Syllepse, 2006. 440 p.

Section VI: Meetings and Conferences Concerning Communist Studies 2006-2008.

  • Past Meetings and Conferences 2006.

  • Meetings and Conferences 2007.

  • Meetings and Conferences 2008.

Section VII: The International Bibliography of Communist Studies. Issue 2006. Edited by Bernhard H. Bayerlein and Gleb Albert.

Section VIII: Directory of Periodicals for Historical Communist Studies and Connected Areas: Conventional and Online Journals, Newsletters, Discussion Lists, Bulletins and Services.

Section IX: Internet Resources. Websites Relevant for Communist Studies.

  • Newsletters and Blogs.

  • Resources.

Section X: Cultural and Artistic Performances Concerning History of Communism.

  • Sacco and Vanzetti. New documentary coming up.

  • Olga Benario honored in Brazilian movie and opera.

  • „Le Brahmane du Komintern“. New documentary on M. N. Roy.

  • New film on the Katyn massacre by Andrzej Wajda in production.

  • Movie on Malayan communist leader gets banned in Malaysia.

  • „Das Leben der Anderen“. Movie about the Stasi becomes Golden Globe nominee.

  • Opera about Karl Radek premiered in Austria.

Section XI: Discussions, Debates and Historical Controversies.

• „Archival counterrevolution“ or archival progress? Russian periodicals on the state of Russian archives.

We encourage everyone, who is already planning to contribute to the 2008 issue of the International Newsletter, to send us suggestions, contributions and all kind of informational data on the various sections.

In case You might have not noticed, a "Communist Studies Newsletter" e-mail service has been established to keep subscribers informed about the current ongoings around the INCS. It may be subscribed at https://lists.uni-koeln.de/mailman/listinfo/communist-studies-newsletter. A next step will be the improvement of the INCS website about which we will keep You informed.

With best regards and wishes for Your ongoing projects,

Bernhard H. Bayerlein, Executive Editor Gleb Albert, Assistant Editor