"We All Make Mistakes": The Communist Party of Australia and Khrushchev's Secret Speech, 1956

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Deery, Phillip (2008) "We All Make Mistakes": The Communist Party of Australia and Khrushchev's Secret Speech, 1956. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54 (1). pp. 69-84. ISSN 1467-8497


This article examines the impact of the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). Specifically it focuses on the reverberations of Khrushchev’s “secret speech” within the CPA leadership for the first six months of 1956. It argues that, in contrast to the received wisdom, the response of the leadership was characterised by confusion rather than consistency, division rather than unanimity. This had implications for CPA members as they struggled to come to terms with the line of the leadership and the authenticity or otherwise of the New York Times version of Khrushchev’s speech.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3609
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2008.00485.x
Official URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajph.20...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Historical > SEO Classification > 9505 Understanding Past Societies
Keywords ResPubID15411. communist party of the Soviet Union, communist party of Australia , Khrushchev’s “secret speech", CPA, leadership
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