In this episode we discuss the Paris Commune – the first in vivo communist experiment – as well as the USSR, Communist China, and the Cold War. Ethan Bleskie returns as guest.
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Tags: China, empire, Europe, HI101, historiography, history, politics, revolution, russia, social, Soviet Union, United States
Hello. I know this comment may seem well out of time (I mean, the original post has almost 3 years now) but I was just listening to it for the first time and I’ve just noticed a huge flaw, historically and politically speaking.
The split between China and USSR happens only after Stalin’s death. And, to put it in a simple way, it happens precisely because the CPSU, then already led by Krustchev, broke away with the so-called “Stalinism” (officializing that move on the famous XXth Congress, in 1956). The same happened with Enver Hoxha’s Albania, as well. Mao and maoism still claim, to this day, the legacy of Stalin and see him as an example of a leader. Not the opposite, as you stated.
My main critique to this specific podcast goes to the way you do not differentiate, by means of contextualizing, the different steps and stages of the Soviet history. Even without going into specifics (like the difference between what were the first Soviet months and what happened after 1921), but there’s a huge difference – starting on ideologicaly terms – between Stalin’s years and, say, Krustchev’s years.
I agree with more or less all of your criticisms here, especially in regards to the split between China and the USSR – that was an error. The only thing I would say in my defense is that I didn’t have time to get into the details of Soviet leadership based on the episode’s scope. I might have approached that differently now, but I simply didn’t have the time to clarify as much as I perhaps should have. I wouldn’t mind revisiting the USSR at some point, though.
I’ll also mention that as I’m doing the Chinese Communist Revolution right now, I’ve made a point of correcting the error about the split between the USSR and China there. I know it’s three years late, but hopefully better late than never!
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