The Language of ‘Authoritarian’ Regimes

Based in the University of Sheffield’s Department of History, ‘The Language of “Authoritarian” Regimes’ is a collaborative project intended to explore, through a variety of disciplines, the creation, dissemination and reception of discourse in regimes commonly referred to as ‘authoritarian’. We aim to bring together scholars working on the language of ‘authoritarian’ states, and to discuss how as … More The Language of ‘Authoritarian’ Regimes

Party Politics and the Seeds of Revolutionary Dictatorship: The Case of Krasnoiarsk in 1917

by Alistair Dickins In a revolution full of paradoxes, the question of how Russia went from a multiparty system to a nascent Bolshevik dictatorship between February and October 1917 remains one of the most vexing. In the West, Cold War historians tended to contrast Russia under the liberal Provisional Government (the ‘freest country in the … More Party Politics and the Seeds of Revolutionary Dictatorship: The Case of Krasnoiarsk in 1917

The Language of Authoritarian Internationalism

by David Brydan The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed a rapid increase in international cooperation between scientists, experts, intellectuals, activists and other groups. These developments were prompted both by improvements to travel and communication technologies, and by the belief that international cooperation was required to deal with the political and technical challenges posed … More The Language of Authoritarian Internationalism

Explaining away poverty: Soviet residential childcare and social problems after 1953

By Mirjam Galley Until Stalin’s death, Soviet children’s homes had been orphanages, housing children who had lost their parents to war, disease, or Stalin’s own terror campaigns. His successor Nikita Khrushchev set out to change that system of institutions for good. Khrushchev renounced his predecessor’s rule of terror in his so-called Secret Speech (1956) and, … More Explaining away poverty: Soviet residential childcare and social problems after 1953

The Costs of Omission in Soviet Central Asia

By Alun Thomas The first complete census of the population of the Soviet Union was produced in 1926. Soviet authorities had conducted major censuses before, in 1920 and 1923, but the former was highly geographically limited and the latter was restricted to urban spaces.[i] Nor had been made a meaningful study of Soviet Central Asia, … More The Costs of Omission in Soviet Central Asia

‘It is not the Maghreb that Islamised itself… It is Islam that maghrebised itself’

By Imen Neffati Located on the Western tip of the Arab world, Tunisia shares with Algeria and Morocco certain historical and cultural characteristics. They are all Arab Islamic societies of Berber ancestry. They all experienced a period of French colonization before becoming independent nation-states in the mid 1950s to the early 1960s. And, crucially, nowhere … More ‘It is not the Maghreb that Islamised itself… It is Islam that maghrebised itself’

An Emotional Break-Up: Historical Pathos Rhetoric in the Brexit Debate

By Liz Goodwin In an impassioned speech to assembled campaigners in Leeds on the eve of the EU Referendum, Ukip leader Nigel Farage tried to convince his audience to #Vote_Leave. His argument was not new to the campaign as a whole – focused on encouraging ordinary people to make a stand against the lazy European … More An Emotional Break-Up: Historical Pathos Rhetoric in the Brexit Debate

The regulation of identity through names and naming in Twentieth Century Spain

By James Chetwood Un estancia Español I’m going to confess from the get-go that I’m not a historian of Francoist Spain. I’m not even a modernist. And I’m barely even a historian. I’m actually doing a PhD in medieval English naming patterns (yes, that’s a thing you can do). So why am I writing a … More The regulation of identity through names and naming in Twentieth Century Spain

Me avergüenzo de ser británico: Como ciudadano británico y ciudadano de la Unión Europea (aún) me avergüenza escribir esto

Written by Matthew Kerry, this post originally appeared on ctxt.es on June 24, 2016, reproduced with Matt’s permission.   A mis amigos españoles, Como ciudadano británico y ciudadano de la Unión Europea (aún) me avergüenza escribir esto. Me avergüenzo de ser británico. Ante todo, quiero enviar mi solidaridad, dolor y disculpas a todxs lxs trabajadorxs europexs … More Me avergüenzo de ser británico: Como ciudadano británico y ciudadano de la Unión Europea (aún) me avergüenza escribir esto

Monumental time and the Soviet dream: music and (a) post-Utopian temporality

By Claire McGinn The ‘language’ of music is demonstrably unlike the language of literature. Still, music is considered to be as potently (if less specifically) ‘expressive’ a medium as literature. It should, therefore, not be overlooked as a ‘social text’ in its own right;[i] if literary works from the Soviet-controlled Baltic states can be read … More Monumental time and the Soviet dream: music and (a) post-Utopian temporality

The Cultural Revolution: proletarian culture in Sormovo, 1917-1921

By Laura Sumner ‘The Russian worker, except for the very top of the class, usually lacks the most elementary habits and notions of culture’  – Leon Trotsky [1] After the October Revolution the Bolsheviks faced a series of grave political, economic and social challenges. Despite the urgent pressures of economic breakdown and political instability, the … More The Cultural Revolution: proletarian culture in Sormovo, 1917-1921