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Perestroika and the Party: National and Transnational Perspectives on European Communist Parties in the Era of Soviet Reform

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Perestroika and the Party

National and Transnational Perspectives on European Communist Parties in the Era of Soviet Reform

Edited by Francesco Di Palma
Afterword by Silvio Pons

348 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-020-1 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (August 2019)

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“Written by well-known historians and political scientists, the book addresses an underexplored topic in detail and therefore will be of interest to specialists of communism, party politics, and the political Left in Europe.” • Choice

“…a generally strong…and substantial collective contribution to the historiography of Communism.” • H-Diplo

Perestroika and the Party gives a comprehensive look at how different national parties reacted to Mikhail Gorbachev’s program of reform. Its case studies are fascinatingly detailed and make useful additions to the larger historical literature.” • Edward Cohn, Grinnell College


Countless studies have assessed the dramatic reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev, but their analysis of the impact on European communism has focused overwhelmingly on the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc nations. This ambitious collection takes a much broader view, reconstructing and evaluating the historical trajectories of glasnost and perestroika on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Moving beyond domestic politics and foreign relations narrowly defined, the research gathered here constitutes a transnational survey of these reforms’ collective impact, showing how they were variably received and implemented, and how they shaped the prospects for “proletarian internationalism” in diverse political contexts.

Francesco Di Palma (1980) holds a doctorate in Contemporary History from the Freie Universität Berlin, where he is currently a Senior Fellow at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut. A former Teaching Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he has published widely on European socialism and communism, fascism and antifascism, and cultural and Jewish history.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Europe


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