First article on Stalin published

I am somewhat thrilled that The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review has just published my first article on Stalin. It appears in issue 42.3 and is called ‘Against Culturism: Reconsidering Stalin on Nation and Class’ (247-73).

Abstract:

This article argues that the key to Stalin’s early theoretical work on the national ques­tion may be read as an attack on culturism – the propensity to identify an intangible ‘culture’ (often with religious factors) as the basis for collective identity. Although his criticism is directed at a number of social democratic organisations at the turn of the twentieth century, it also has pertinence for today due to the persistence of culturist assumptions. Two factors are important in his criticism. The first is to define ‘nation’ in order to sideline the culturist position, although his own definition is not without its problems. The second tackles the question of the structure of the state: does one begin with ‘national culture’ or with class? Stalin proposes that class is the determining fac­tor, which then enables a very different approach to ‘national culture’. The unexpected result is that the unity provided by a focus on the workers and peasants produces both new levels of cultural diversity and enables a stronger approach to ensuring such diversity. The approach undertaken in this article pays careful attention to Stalin’s theoretical and philosophical arguments as they appear in his written texts.

Full details of the journal issue:

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “First article on Stalin published

    1. That should be fine. Send me an email message and when I check it next week, I’ll send it to you. If you know someone with a university account, they should be able to get the pdf from the library.

  1. Hi, this blog is really interesting. I’ve found it while looking for publications about the Soviet stance on the national issue. I’m a phd student from Greece and as I’m in the final stage of preparing my dissertation I’m very interested in reading this article of yours or any other similar one. Unfortunately my university does not have free access to brillonline and it’s impossible for me to pay the sum…therefore I’d really appreciate it if you could contact me via e-mail…

    Best wishes
    Yorgos

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.