Intellectuals and the Communist Idea

Intellectuals and the Communist Idea : The Search for a New Way in Czech Lands from 1890 to 1938

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Intellectuals and the Communist Idea describes how the Communist ideology penetrated into Czech culture and politics from the dawn of the twentieth century into the late 1930s. This analysis examines the complex issue of personal reasons and individual motivation, appealing slogans, and ideological and power peripeties connected with the formation of the relationship between the newly-founded Communist Party in Czechoslovakia and the left-wing artists and intellectuals declaring themselves Marxists.
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  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 20mm | 498.95g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073914376X
  • 9780739143766
  • 1,851,691

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. Introduction Chapter 2 2. The Czech left in the early 20th century Chapter 3 3. Czech political scene during WWI Chapter 4 4. The Czech and Slovak Left in the period between the establishment of the sovereign Czechoslovak Republic and the first parliamentary elections Chapter 5 5. En route to the communist party Chapter 6 6. Czechoslovak Communist Party Established Chapter 7 7. Proletarian Culture Chapter 8 8. The Left in the first half of the 1920s Chapter 9 9. Leftist culture in the mid-1920s Chapter 10 10. KSC and the leftist culture in the years 1926 - 1928 Chapter 11 11. Fifth congress of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia Chapter 12 12. Generation debate and the origin of the Left Front Chapter 13 13. KSC and the Left Front in the first half of the 1930s Chapter 14 14. KSC and left-wing culture in the mid-1930s Chapter 15 15. Political trials in the USSR, Trotskyism and the definitive dissension in the cultural left Chapter 16 16. Conclusion
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From the close of the 19th century to the end of WW II, Intellectuals and the Communist Idea maps the political and cultural movements of the left in Central Europe, focusing specifically on Czech and Slovak circumstances. Cabada paints a nuanced portrait of a tumultuous time when the enemy-literal or ideological-alternated among capitalism, fascism, Nazism, and Soviet communism. In the end, it wasn't clear where left culture and politics stood-to what extent they won or lost and at what cost-but Cabada's Intellectuals and the Communist Idea offers a fascinating sketch of the struggle and is essential reading for those seeking to understand the left, whether then or now. -- Lev Kreft, University of Ljubljana Intellectuals and the Communist Idea in Czech Lands picks up on the long-term process of the forming of the modern Czech nation. The process wasn't related to the Church, nobility, or parishes but to intellectuals. It is therefore crucial for understanding the success, strength, and characteristics of Czech communism that we analyze the role of intellectuals, and it is precisely this question that this book deals with. -- Stanislav Balik, Masaryk University Ladislav Cabada, a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, accurately notes that political science became a "new" discipline in the former Communist bloc after 1989, and that he has taken advantage of this opportunity to study this formerly frowned upon area of research. He also rightly points out, much to the chagrin of many political scientists and historians, that the two disciplines are closely related. Indeed this volume, published in Czech in 2000 and again in 2005, and now available to a wider audience in English, is his doctoral thesis that is equally at home in either discipline.

This is an interesting volume whose subchapters allow for an easy read. It adds to our knowledge of writers and their struggles with or lackey support of Communism, especially during the interwar period in Czechoslovakia * Austrian History Yearbook *
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About Zdenek Benedikt

Ladislav Cabada is associate professor in the department of politics and international relations at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Zdenek Benedikt is a translator for EUFRAT Translating and Interpreting Centre, Pilsen, CZ
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