Imperialism and the Communist International

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Publikationens författare: Fredrik Petersson
Förläggare: Wiley Periodicals
Publiceringsår: 2017
Tidskrift: Journal of Labor and Society
Volym: 20
Nummer: 1
Artikelns första sida, sidnummer: 23
Artikelns sista sida, sidnummer: 42


The article charts and discuss the historical use of the concept of imperialism in the Communist International
(Comintern; Third International, 1919–43). By analyzing first, the establishment and framework of the
Comintern’s understanding and use of imperialism as a political and instrumental tool, the aim of the article
is to look beyond the official and sanctioned policy of the Comintern on imperialism between the wars. In
doing so, the author examines and discuss internal discussions as they evolved over time at Comintern
headquarters in Moscow by analyzing documents filed in the Comintern Archive (RGASPI) in Moscow. Key
concepts focus on the Leninist perception of imperialism; the periodization debate, and contextual
explanations linked to the frequent policy shifts of the Comintern and its relation to Bolshevization and
Stalinization. In conclusion, the article highlights the historical trajectory of imperialism and anti-
imperialism as a constituent source of Bolshevik policy making in its interpretation of global society.

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