Finding His Kronstadt: Howard Fast, 1956 and American Communism

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Deery, Phillip (2012) Finding His Kronstadt: Howard Fast, 1956 and American Communism. Australian Journal Of Politics & History, 58 (2). pp. 181-202. ISSN 0004-9522 (print), 1467-8497 (online)


The scholarship on the impact on communists of Khrushchev’s “secret speech” to the twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1956 is limited. Generally it is located within broader studies of organisational upheaval s and ideological debates at the leadership level of communist parties. Ra rely has there been analysis of the reverberations at the individual level. Consistent with James R. Barrett’s pioneering approach, this paper seeks to incorporate the personal into the political, and in ject a subjective dimension into the familiar top-down narrative of American communism. It will do this by focusing on the motivations, reactions and consequences of the defection of one Party member, the writer Howard Fast. It will thereby illuminate the story of personal angu ish experienced by thousands in the wake of Khrushchev’s revelations about Stalin.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01631.x
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Historical > SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
Keywords ResPubID25726, CPUSA, United States, American, Communist Party, Soviet Union, USSR, Russia, 1956, 1957, Kruschev, Daily Worker, Hungary, Howard Fast
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